Definition of hot-wire verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

hot-wire

 verb
verb
 
hot-wire something(informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hot-wire
 
he / she / it hot-wires
 
past simple hot-wired
 
-ing form hot-wiring
 
 
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to start the engine of a vehicle by using a piece of wire instead of a key He hot-wired a truck and drove it through a prison fence.
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