hot-wire

verb
\ ˈhät-ˌwī(-ə)r How to pronounce hot-wire (audio) \
hot-wired; hot-wiring; hot-wires

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, in the meaning defined above

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“Hot-wire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hot-wire. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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hot-wire

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hot-wire

informal : 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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