hot-wire

verb \ ˈhät-ˌwī(-ə)r \

Definition of hot-wire

transitive verb
:to start (something, such as an automobile) by short-circuiting the ignition system

First Known Use of hot-wire

1947


HOT-WIRE Defined for English Language Learners

hot-wire

verb

Definition of hot-wire for English Language Learners

  • : to start (a car or the engine of a car) by connecting wires in the electrical system without using a key


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