hot-wire Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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hot-wireverb [T]

uk   /ˈhɒt.waɪər/  us   /ˈhɑːt.waɪr/ informal
to ​start a ​carengine without using the ​key, ​especially in ​order to ​steal the ​car
(Definition of hot-wire from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hot-wireverb [T]

 us   /ˈhɑtˌwɑɪər/ slang
to ​start a ​car without using the ​key, by ​attaching together ​wires in the ​electricalsystem that ​starts the ​engine
(Definition of hot-wire from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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