cold war

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From cold +‎ war.



cold war (uncountable)

  1. A period of hostile relations between rivals where direct open warfare between them is largely undesired and avoided. [from 1945]
    Antonym: hot war
    • 1945, George Orwell, "You and the Atom Bomb", Tribune, 19 October 1945; reprinted in Orwell, Sonia Orwell, and Ian Angus, George Orwell: The Collected Essays, Journalism & Letters, Volume 4: In Front of Your Nose (1946–1950), David R. Godine (2000), ISBN →ISBN, page 9,
      James Burnham's theory has been much discussed, but few people have yet considered its ideological implications—that is, the kind of world-view, the kind of beliefs, and the social structure that would probably prevail in a state which was at once unconquerable and in a permanent state of “cold war” with its neighbours.
    • 1951, Daniel V. Gallery, Clear the Decks, 19 October 1945, page 100,
      World War III started on VJ Day as a cold war. It began to warm up when the Russians blockaded Berlin and nearly reached the exploding point in Korea.
    • 1979, “Broken English”, performed by Marianne Faithfull:
      It's just an old war / Not even a cold war


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