war chest


Definition of war chest

: a fund accumulated to finance a war broadly : a fund earmarked for a specific purpose, action, or campaign

Examples of war chest in a Sentence

The candidate held fund-raising dinners to build up his war chest.
Recent Examples on the Web Cawthorn is fighting the onslaught of attack ads with a depleted war chest. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Britt has received financial support from Sen. Richard Shelby’s campaign war chest, along with support from WinRed, a national-level GOP fundraising PAC. al, 9 May 2022 Stefanik has earned chits with her colleagues by building a sizable war chest, including announcing a recent $1 million transfer to the House GOP's campaign committee, and by working to elect more Republican women through her Elevate PAC. Melanie Zanona, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 When one Mom & Pop store stops selling Russian vodka, that’s one thing—when a movement of millions shuts of the taps into Putin’s war chest, that’s world-changing. Simon Mainwaring, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Though his political career is largely over, Madigan continues to lord over a massive campaign war chest, which held more than $12.5 million, based on its last report. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, 2 Jan. 2022 As the wealthiest current senator and the man controlling the Senate GOP's campaign arm while growing his own political war chest, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., generally doesn't need help getting the word out about his proposals. Rick Klein, ABC News, 19 Apr. 2022 The large field means candidates will collectively need to spend many millions of dollars from Republican donors before it is known who will oppose Whitmer, who is sitting on a large and growing campaign war chest to see a second four-year term. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 19 Apr. 2022 So far, Newsom holds the upper hand, thanks to the spotlight afforded to an incumbent and a $25-million reelection war chest that could easily swamp his challengers. Phil Willonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of war chest

1871, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“War chest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20chest. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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