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hot·line

or hot line  (hŏt′līn′)
n.
1. A direct and immediate telephone linkup, especially between heads of government, as for use in a crisis.
2. A telephone line that gives quick and direct access to a source of information or help: a 24-hour hotline.

hot′ line`


n.
1. a direct telecommunications link, as a telephone line or Teletype circuit, enabling immediate communication between heads of state in an international crisis.
2. Also, hot′line`. a telephone number providing direct access to a company, professional service, or agency, as for information, the lodging of complaints, or counseling.
[1950–55]

Hot Line

An emergency communications link between the US and USSR presidents from 1963 to reduce the risk of accidental war, especially nuclear strikes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hot line - a direct telephone line between two officials
Translations
aide en lignenuméro d’urgencetéléassistance

hot line

n (Pol) → telefono rosso

hot line

n. línea telefónica de emergencia.
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