cold war
noun Date: 1945 1. a conflict over ideological differences carried on by methods short of sustained overt military action and usually without breaking off diplomatic relations; specifically often capitalized C&W the ideological conflict between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics during the second half of the 20th centurycompare hot war 2. a condition of rivalry, mistrust, and often open hostility short of violence especially between power groups (as labor and management)

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