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

Examples of hotline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To report a stranded or floating marine mammal, the public can call NOAA’s hotline at 877-925-7773. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Young gray whale appears to be stuck in Twentymile River near Portage," 28 May 2020 Anyone with information on her disappearance is being asked to call the hotline at 844-727-9111 or the Highland County Sheriff’s Office at 937-393-1421. Brittany Harry,, "Madison Bell: FBI joins search for missing teen from Highland County in Ohio," 21 May 2020 More information is available at or by calling the official hotline at 480-900-1588. Ed Masley, azcentral, "The 'first-ever drive-in festival of the COVID era' is coming to Arizona: What to know," 19 May 2020 From March 16 to April 26, nearly 4,500 survivors who called the national hotline cited COVID-19 as a condition of their experience. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee is seeing a spike in homicides, and nearly half of them are related to domestic or family violence," 18 May 2020 During the first week of March, 383 people called a domestic violence hotline in the city. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "Domestic Violence Calls Mount as Restrictions Linger: ‘No One Can Leave’," 15 May 2020 Smith urged anyone who received a haircut from a Kingston barber in the last few weeks to immediately contact their doctor or call the Ulster County COVID hotline at (845) 443-8888 to get tested for coronavirus. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "New York barber who defied stay-at-home orders and continued to "illicitly" cut hair tests positive for coronavirus," 15 May 2020 In case of emergency, call the AAPCC’s hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Accidental Poisonings Increased After President Trump's Disinfectant Comments," 12 May 2020 Case and Deaton direct any struggling readers to call a hotline but have rather little to say about whether expanding mental-health treatment could reduce suicide rates. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "What’s Behind the Rise in Deaths of Despair?," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of hotline

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Jun 2020

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“Hotline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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