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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To find the Planned Parenthood Clinic nearest you, call their hotline at 1-800-230-PLAN. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "How to Deal with a Pregnancy Scare," 28 Nov. 2018 In a statement earlier this month, the company encouraged patients to call its customer service hotline for assistance in locating pharmacies with EpiPens in stock. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "EpiPen Shortage Hits Back-to-School Season," 25 Aug. 2018 Totenberg also ordered the secretary of state’s office to establish and publicize a hotline or website enabling voters to check whether their provisional ballots were counted and, if not, why not. Kate Brumback, The Seattle Times, "Georgia senator decries her arrest at vote-count protest," 14 Nov. 2018 Write to Katy McLaughlin at Free, confidential support for people in distress is offered by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline and web site. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "A Reckoning With the Dark Side of the Restaurant Industry," 12 Nov. 2018 One common complaint to RentACoop’s 24-hour hotline is big chicks bullying baby chicks. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Chicken and Egg Rentals Crack Open Life’s Deepest Questions," 4 Dec. 2018 Both Cheatham and Daryl Justen Head, 38, were charged Tuesday after police responded to a call made to a child abuse hotline. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Kid-sized prisoner uniforms ordered by Missouri woman accused of child abuse, authorities say," 9 Aug. 2018 Etihad will hand out the number for the WhatsApp hotline at their premium-class check-in desks, but the plan is for the service to grow into something beyond just a way for high-spending customers to send complaints, the airline says. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Etihad Airways Just Stepped Up Their Customer Service Game," 19 July 2018 Registration applications can also be requested by calling the California secretary of state's voter hotline at (800) 345-8683. Joshua Stewart,, "The deadline to register to vote in the primary election is fast approaching, although there's new leeway for procrastinators," 17 May 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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