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cold war

noun

the Cold War : the nonviolent conflict between the U.S. and the former U.S.S.R. after 1945

: a conflict or dispute between two groups that does not involve actual fighting

Full Definition of COLD WAR

1
:  a conflict over ideological differences carried on by methods short of sustained overt military action and usually without breaking off diplomatic relations; specifically often capitalized C&W :  the ideological conflict between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics during the second half of the 20th century — compare hot war
2
:  a condition of rivalry, mistrust, and often open hostility short of violence especially between power groups (as labor and management)

Examples of COLD WAR

  1. the era of the Cold War
  2. the cold war between the party's more liberal and conservative members

First Known Use of COLD WAR

1945

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