arms race

noun

Definition of arms race

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

Examples of arms race in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nike isn’t guaranteed the lead in this technological arms race. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Nike’s new Olympic shoes prove technology is the future of design," 5 Feb. 2020 This new arms race promises to upend strategic calculations. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "‘National pride is at stake.’ Russia, China, United States race to build hypersonic weapons," 8 Jan. 2020 Yet because of this luxury arms race, the United Arab Emirates city has lost some authenticity. Jolene Latimer, chicagotribune.com, "For luxury with cultural awareness, look to Doha," 6 Dec. 2019 Yet because of this luxury arms race, the United Arab Emirates city has lost some authenticity. Jolene Latimer, Washington Post, "Instead of luxurious, bustling Dubai, try underrated Doha," 4 Dec. 2019 The explosion of competing streaming services means that writers, actors, and the like are in high demand—and in this new arms race for content, attracting talent is key. Fortune, "Meet the Women Leading Netflix Into the Streaming Wars," 23 Sep. 2019 That led to a super-sizing arms race throughout the industry for the rest of the decade, leading to surging fast-food profits in the late 1990s — coinciding with a growing obesity crisis. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Popeyes chicken sandwich is an economic indicator," 21 Aug. 2019 Oregon raced, head-long, into the major college football arms race. oregonlive, "Canzano: The ghost of ex-Oregon Ducks’ offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig... is just Andy Ludwig," 6 Dec. 2019 What kind of security perception arms race, then, are these neighbors engaged in? Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "Hiking exotic climes, fatiguing climbs on the other side of the city," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of arms race

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arms race was in 1921

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12 Feb 2020

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“Arms race.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arms%20race. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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arms race

noun

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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