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arms race

n
(Military) the continuing competitive attempt by two or more nations each to have available to it more and more powerful weapons than the other(s)

arms′ race`


n.
competition between countries for superiority in quantity and quality of military arms.
[1935–40]
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Noun1.arms race - a competition between nations to have the most powerful armamentsarms race - a competition between nations to have the most powerful armaments
race - any competition; "the race for the presidency"
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