arms race

noun
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

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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First Known Use of arms race

1921

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arms race

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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