arms race


Definition of arms race 

: a race between hostile nations to accumulate or develop weapons broadly : an ever escalating race or competition

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Between Holt and Josh Jung and Grant Little and all the rest, the Red Raiders stack up just fine in this or any other arms race. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Red Raiders hungry for more," 18 June 2018 The industry is losing the arms race to the pathogens that continually evolve and attack the grapevines. Kevin Begos, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grape," 6 June 2018 Universal struck first this year in the theme park arms race with the grand opening this week of Fast & Furious — Supercharged ride. Gabrielle Russon,, "Disney, Universal and SeaWorld duke it out with new attractions," 2 May 2018 Although teachers estimate there are only a dozen or so MS-13 members at the school, other students have banded together to resist them, leading to an arms race of sorts. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "‘A ticking time bomb’: MS-13 threatens a middle school, warn teachers, parents, students," 11 June 2018 In an effort to catapult Uber to the front of the autonomous-vehicle arms race, Uber acquired Otto Trucking in August 2016, buying a team filled with former employees of Alphabet’s self-driving car unit. Fortune, "Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?," 31 May 2018 Over time, the puzzles have gotten harder, leading to a kind of computing-power arms race. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "How WIRED Lost $100,000 in Bitcoin," 28 May 2018 The Trump administration issued a new nuclear policy last month that experts say will touch off a new kind of nuclear arms race — one based less on numbers of weapons and more on new tactics and technologies. Mark Landler, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says he congratulated Putin on re-election and they may meet soon," 20 Mar. 2018 Last year’s arms race should only serve as the beginning. Rohan Nadkarni,, "LeBron James and the NBA Need Another Summer Shakeup," 5 June 2018

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of arms race

: a situation in which countries that are enemies each try to build or collect weapons faster than the other can

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