from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A state of political tension and military rivalry between nations that stops short of full-scale war, especially that which existed between the United States and Soviet Union following World War II.
- n. A state of rivalry and tension between two factions, groups, or individuals that stops short of open, violent confrontation.
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- n. A period of hostile relations between rivals where direct open warfare between them is largely undesired and avoided.
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- n. a state of political hostility that existed from 1945 until 1990 between countries led by the Soviet Union and countries led by the United States
- n. a state of political hostility between countries using means short of armed warfare
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