hot·line | \ˈhät-ˌlīn \

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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Scammers had been spoofing an IRS hotline number that is now on the Do Not Originate list. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Why Are There So Many Robocalls? Here’s What You Can Do About Them," 4 July 2018 Some dairy cooperatives have started to send suicide hotline numbers along with the farmers’ checks for milk. NBC News, "Best advice to U.S. dairy farmers? 'Sell out as fast as you can'," 30 June 2018 To get around that, Verificado set up a WhatsApp hotline number to which people can report questionable stories., "Facebook's battle against fake news reaches Mexico ahead of July 1 election," 23 June 2018 The leaflet tells them they will be charged with a crime and provides a hotline number to call to help them locate their kids. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "In Trump’s efficient U.S. family separation system, reunions take far longer," 19 June 2018 Tufts set up a travel hotline for international students and scholars. Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, "International students to US: Do you really want us?," 2 July 2018 The government has set up a hotline for women to report men harassing them or driving aggressively to try to intimidate them. Hillary Davis,, "Newport driving instructor at forefront of getting Saudi women on the road," 29 June 2018 The federal government said it’s setting up a hotline immigrant parents can call to help agencies locate their child, set up regular communication, and coordinate removal if necessary. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Some Migrants Are Giving Up Asylum Claims in Hope of Seeing Children Faster," 25 June 2018 In his prepared remarks, Duff highlights the group's proposal for a national Office of Judicial Integrity, with a hotline for employees to seek counseling, guidance and intervention if harassed. Joan Biskupic, CNN, "Senate Judiciary Committee takes up #MeToo in the courts," 13 June 2018

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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 \

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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