hot·​line | \ ˈhät-ˌlīn How to pronounce hotline (audio) \

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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Ivanova, who runs the AA Moldova’s website and works on its 24-hour hotline, says that people are suspicious about the group. Madeline Roache / Puhoi, Time, "'You’re Not a Person if You Don’t Drink.' How This Tiny European Country Developed the World's Worst Drinking Problem," 29 Aug. 2019 The collection can be purchased on the brand’s website, at the Communitie Marfa and the Communitie East boutiques or at its 212-982-RISK hotline. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Set Your Alarm: Volume 3 of Fall Risk Drops This Saturday," 13 Aug. 2019 After a ride, passengers get receipts emailed to them with links to find help, and Lyft’s online support page includes an option to be contacted by its safety hotline. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "How Lyft lost the trust of #DeleteUber women who thought it was ‘woke’," 2 Aug. 2019 So folks can call our hotline and ask where sites are. Michael Floreak,, "Q&A with Project Bread president Erin McAleer, on feeding kids through the summer," 15 July 2019 Our hotline is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Getting a seller to make good on a bad pony deal and 4 more IndyStar Call for Action success stories," 10 June 2019 The company has seen the number of cases with which employee re-engage rise 60% since integrating Talk to Spot versus its hotline. Gwen Moran, Fortune, "Better Communication Tools Can Radically Improve Workplaces—If Managers Can Convince Workers to Speak Up," 8 June 2019 Suicide crisis calls to the hotline increased 52 percent in 2018, according to the report. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Report: Suicide rate up slightly across county," 12 Sep. 2019 Freedenthal, in her 20s at the time and pursuing her master's degree in social work, had been a volunteer at a suicide prevention hotline. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, "Suicides of two mental health advocates in a week serve as a grim reminder," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hotline

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hot·​line | \ ˈhät-ˌlīn How to pronounce hotline (audio) \

Kids Definition of hotline

: a direct telephone line for getting help in an emergency

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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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