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

Origin of hotline

First recorded in 1950–55; hot + line1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a direct telephone, teletype, or other communications link between heads of government, for emergency use
  2. any such direct line kept for urgent use
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