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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And even if companies do implement better technology, scammers and telemarketers will somehow get through in this never-ending arms race. Tali Arbel,, "Is there finally more help in the fight against robocalls?," 5 June 2019 That accord, which limits each side to 1,550 nuclear warheads, has regulated the arms race between Moscow and Washington since 2011 and provides for data exchanges and inspections. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "As One Arms Treaty Falls Apart, Others Look Shakier," 7 Dec. 2018 To ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil. Fox News, "Conway: Denuclearization of North Korea benefits the world," 12 June 2018 More recently, however, Mr. Trump noted that Mr. Putin had taken a more moderate tone, talking about the need to de-escalate the nuclear arms race between Russia and the United States. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Trump Congratulates Putin, but Doesn’t Mention Meddling in U.S.," 20 Mar. 2018 Brown supported the environmental and anti-nuclear-proliferation movements, offering tax credits to individuals and corporations that relied on renewable energy, and backing a proposal to oppose the nuclear-arms race. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Inside California’s War on Trump," 19 Mar. 2018 In the arms race among the nation's largest convention centers, Las Vegas has unveiled its biggest weapon yet: a plan to make its already giant facility, well, humongous. Hugo Martin,, "In the convention center arms race, Los Angeles plans to go big to take on Las Vegas and others," 11 May 2018 The Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, one of the linchpins in the arms-control framework that helped seal the end of the Cold War, is at risk of collapsing and fueling a new arms race. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "The History of a Cold War Missile Treaty," 1 Feb. 2019 The nuclear arms race, dangerous nuclear waste, fallout from nuclear testing, and the threat of nuclear terrorism are just some of the consequences of this country’s development and use of the bomb. Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 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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