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 That leaves the market itself, which ultimately will decide the viability of an escalating arms race. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 Yet the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran may prompt an already tenuous security situation to spiral, raising the specter of a nuclear arms race in the volatile region. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 12 June 2022 Since then, several teams have emptied their cupboards of draft picks and young players to acquire big-name stars — as the Celtics did — in a leaguewide arms race to compete for mercenary championships. New York Times, 12 June 2022 The Pentagon estimates that China could have a thousand bombs by 2030, while India and Pakistan are believed to be engaged in a nuclear arms race of their own, and North Korea is estimated to have built up to sixty nuclear devices. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2022 In this arms race, changes to the viral genome also enables new strains to suppress the increasingly resistant host immune response. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Ryu said Kim will not accept offers of aid from South Korea and the United States, when his bigger priority is moving ahead in the arms race and strengthening the country’s nuclear arsenals. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, 24 May 2022 Cybersecurity investments have become something of an arms race among cloud service providers, with a rash of ransomware and other attacks driving customer concerns about data security. Meghan Bobrowsky, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 On Capitol Hill, the conversation so far is largely about matching the Chinese investment, rather than rethinking the nature of the arms race. New York Times, 28 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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30 Jun 2022

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“Arms race.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arms%20race. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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