Definition of hot-wire in English:


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[with object] informal
  • Start the engine of (a vehicle) by bypassing the ignition system, typically in order to steal it: some of the children were hot-wiring cars
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    • It was taken after a gang cut the padlock on the security gate and hot-wired the vehicle.
    • Hot-wiring a plane, however, is easier than hot-wiring a car.
    • Reports at the time included 50 cars being hot-wired and driven out of the showroom to be disembowelled for parts, and hundreds hospitalised after fires and fighting broke out.

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