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noun [countable/uncountable] cold war pronunciation in British English
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singularcold war
pluralcold wars
  1. unfriendly relations between countries who are not at war with each other
    1. a.

      the Cold War

      the unfriendly relations that existed between the Soviet Union and the West from the end of the Second World War to the 1980s


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