hot-wire

v. /hot"wuyeur"/; adj. /hot"wuyeur'/, v., hot-wired, hot-wiring, adj.
v.t.
1. Slang. to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by short-circuiting the ignition.
adj.
2. Elect., Engin. depending for its operation on the lengthening or increasing resistance of a wire when it is heated: hot-wire anemometer; hot-wire microphone.
[1950-55]

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Universalium. 2010.

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