verb \ˈhät-ˌwī(-ə)r\

: to start (a car or the engine of a car) by connecting wires in the electrical system without using a key

Full Definition of HOT-WIRE

transitive verb
:  to start (as an automobile) by short-circuiting the ignition system

First Known Use of HOT-WIRE



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