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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Apple has joined an arms race for top producers and actors by tech giants and traditional media companies alike. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple Lands Oprah Winfrey for Video Service," 15 June 2018 The federation would purchase a fleet of standardized sleds, making bobsled a contest of strength and driving skill rather than an arms race for the best and most expensive engineering. Talya Minsberg, New York Times, "At the Bobsled Track, Women Push for Equality," 20 Feb. 2018 On the criminal-justice side, law enforcement is in an arms race with lawbreakers. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?," 22 Sep. 2014 But that simply leads to an arms race in competitive fakery. Amar Bhidé, WSJ, "Skepticism Beats Snopes as an Antidote to Fake News," 8 June 2018 AMD’s bid to battle Intel in the enthusiast CPU arms race. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD's new graphics engineer pledges yearly GPU releases to make PCs fun again," 6 June 2018 That could encourage both those US allies to develop their own nuclear arms programs, precipitating an arms race in North Asia. Brad Lendon, CNN, "China must beware of summit's unintended consequences," 7 June 2018 The rules were designed to reduce a cycle of boom and bust at many top clubs, and to prevent the sport from becoming an arms race among superrich club owners. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "UEFA’s Investigators Recommend Booting A.C. Milan," 31 May 2018 President Trump would then, with some relief, seize the opportunity to agree with the Kremlin—by asserting the dangers of the new nascent nuclear arms race. Evelyn Farkas, Time, "How Trump Could Actually Make the Summit with Putin a Success," 9 July 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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