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 But a former White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the president still had the Republican Party’s biggest list of small-money donors, a war chest of at least $200 million, and the power to dominate news coverage. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump's 2024 dreams destroyed by Capitol attack, say advisers," 9 Jan. 2021 Their races weren't ultimately decided on who had the biggest war chest. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "MASTERSON ONLINE: Money taints politics," 26 Dec. 2020 Uber and Lyft spent more than $120 million between them to pass this obnoxious ballot measure; gig companies DoorDash and Instacart fattened up the war chest with an additional $83 million. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: After denying their drivers employee status, Uber and Lyft call them ‘essential’," 15 Dec. 2020 Elected to council in 2011, Sittenfeld has amassed a campaign war chest of more than $710,000 on his way to becoming one of the city’s most popular and powerful politicians. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, "'I can deliver the votes': Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld arrested on corruption charges," 19 Nov. 2020 Both candidates raised about $35,000, but Leventhal had a much bigger war chest coming into the period. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bry outspending Gloria as San Diego mayor’s race heads into final stretch," 23 Oct. 2020 Excitement around the company has allowed Tesla to raise billions of dollars for what Mr. Musk has described as his war chest. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Elon Musk Says He Once Approached Apple CEO About Buying Tesla," 22 Dec. 2020 Proceeds from the share sale and a separate issue of more than $800 million in convertible bonds will add to a war chest aimed at helping Xiaomi grab market share from competitors such as Huawei Technologies Co. Julia Fioretti, Bloomberg.com, "Xiaomi Shares Sink 12% After $3.1 Billion Sale Disclosure Delay," 1 Dec. 2020 The massive haul could help the presumptive nominees catch up to President Trump's war chest. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Biden hauls $1M an hour in two days following Kamala Harris announcement," 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of war chest

1871, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2021

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“War chest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20chest. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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war chest


English Language Learners Definition of war chest

: an amount of money that can be used by a government to pay for a war
: an amount of money intended for a specific purpose, action, or campaign

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