hotline

noun hot·line \ ˈhät-ˌlīn \
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018

Definition of hotline

1 : a direct telephone line in constant operational readiness so as to facilitate immediate communication
2 : a usually toll-free telephone service available to the public for some specific purpose
  • a consumer hotline

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First Known Use of hotline

1954

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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HOTLINE Defined for Kids

hotline

noun hot·line \ ˈhät-ˌlīn \

Definition of hotline for Students

: a direct telephone line for getting help in an emergency

Medical Dictionary

hot line

noun

medical Definition of hot line

: a usually toll-free telephone service available to the public for some specific purpose (as to receive advice or information about a particular subject or to talk confidentially about personal problems to a sympathetic listener)
  • a poison control hot line
  • suicide prevention hotlines hot lines

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