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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More than 40,000 Georgians called a voter-protection hotline on Election Day and for 10 days after to report rampant election irregularities. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019 You can get referred to a family planning clinic by calling the Planned Parenthood hotline. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "How to Deal with a Pregnancy Scare," 28 Nov. 2018 The reunification process, in part, works like this, according to the DHS announcement: Parents can call a hotline that has been posted in ICE detention facilities to inquire about their children. Akilah Johnson,, "Lawyer for Brazilian woman separated from child heading to Chicago in attempt to retrieve boy," 25 June 2018 Parents have been encouraged to call a hotline to find their kids, but some have been given the wrong number. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Reuniting Families Separated at the Border Won’t Be Easy," 20 June 2018 More than 400 women have called a university hotline since a Times investigation detailed how USC allowed Tyndall to continue practicing at a student health clinic on campus despite a record of complaints that spanned more than two decades. Richard Winton,, "LAPD raids home of ex-USC gynecologist accused of sexually mistreating patients," 15 June 2018 The next tour is scheduled for Thursday, March 29, from noon to 1 p.m. To order a replacement ballot or ask other questions, call the city's voter hotline at 907-243-VOTE (8683) or email Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage navigates bumps in first mail-ballot election, including a case of mail theft," 20 Mar. 2018 One natural next step among them: a hotline to report workplace misconduct anonymously. Kalyn Kahler,, "What Does Fining Jerry Richardson Amount to?," 29 June 2018 The rivals recently agreed to restore cross-border military hotline communication channels and field joint teams in some events at the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia. Kim Tong-hyung, The Christian Science Monitor, "North, South Korea to host reunions for war-split families," 22 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 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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