cold war Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"cold war" in British English

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cold warnoun [C]

uk   us  
a ​state of ​extremeunfriendlinessexisting between ​countries, ​especiallycountries with ​opposingpoliticalsystems, that ​expresses itself not through ​fighting but through ​politicalpressure and ​threats. The ​expression is usually used of the ​relationship between the US and the ​Soviet Union after the Second World War.
(Definition of cold war from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cold war" in American English

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cold warnoun [C]

 /ˈkoʊld ˈwɔr/
politics & government a ​continuing and ​dangerousunfriendlysituationexisting between ​countries that is ​expressed in ​politicalways, often ​includingthreats of war world history The Cold War was a ​period of ​politicaldifficultyinvolving the US and the USSR between 1945 and 1991.
(Definition of cold war from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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cold warnoun [C]

(also Cold War) uk   us  
POLITICS an extremely ​unfriendlyrelationship between countries, which is ​expressed not through fighting but through ​politicalpressure 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 ​replacednuclear warfare as the ​source of fears of a ​man-made apocalypse.
(Definition of cold war from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cold war”
in Chinese (Simplified) (通常指二战后美国和苏联之间的)冷战…
in Chinese (Traditional) (通常指二戰後美國和蘇聯之間的)冷戰…
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