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cold warnoun [C]

uk   /ˌkəʊld ˈwɔːr/  us   /ˌkoʊld ˈwɔːr/
a state of extreme unfriendliness existing between countries, especially countries with opposing political systems, that expresses itself not through fighting but through political pressure and threats. The expression is usually used of the relationship between the US and the Soviet Union after the Second World War.
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cold warnoun [C]

 /ˈkoʊld ˈwɔr/
politics & government a continuing and dangerous unfriendly situation existing between countries that is expressed in political ways, often including threats of war
world history The Cold War was a period of political difficulty involving the US and the USSR between 1945 and 1991.
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cold warnoun [C]

(also Cold War) uk   us  
POLITICS an extremely unfriendly relationship between countries, which is expressed not through fighting but through political pressure and threats. The expression usually refers to the relationship between the US and the Soviet Union after the Second World War: With the Cold War over, global warming has replaced nuclear warfare as the source of fears of a man-made apocalypse.
(Definition of cold war from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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