arms race

noun

Definition of arms race

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

First Known Use of arms race

1921


ARMS RACE Defined for English Language Learners

arms race

noun

Definition of arms race for English Language Learners

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


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