war chest


war chest

noun

: an amount of money that can be used by a government to pay for a war

: an amount of money intended for a specific purpose, action, or campaign

Full Definition of WAR CHEST

:  a fund accumulated to finance a war; broadly :  a fund earmarked for a specific purpose, action, or campaign

Examples of WAR CHEST

  1. The candidate held fund-raising dinners to build up his war chest.

First Known Use of WAR CHEST

1871

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