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hotline

[ hot-lahyn ]
/ ˈhɒtˌlaɪn /
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noun

adjective

Chiefly Canadian. of or relating to a radio program that receives telephone calls from listeners on the air.

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Origin of hotline

First recorded in 1950–55; hot + line1

Definition for hotline (2 of 2)

hot line

noun

a direct telecommunications link, as a telephone line or Teletype circuit, enabling immediate communication between heads of state in an international crisis: the hot line between Washington and Moscow.
a telephone service enabling people to talk confidentially with someone about a personal problem or crisis.
a telephone line providing customers or clients with direct access to a company or professional service.
Also hotline.

Origin of hot line

First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for hotline

hotline
/ (ˈhɒtˌlaɪn) /

noun

a direct telephone, teletype, or other communications link between heads of government, for emergency use
any such direct line kept for urgent use
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Idioms and Phrases with hotline

hot line

A telephone line that gives quick and direct access to a source of information or help. For example, Our state has an AIDS hot line in every county. This term was originally (and is still) used for a direct link between heads of government for use during a crisis, but was quickly extended to wider applications. [1950s]

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