Definition of hot-wire verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hot-wire

 verb
verb
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Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hot-wire
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he / she / it hot-wires
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past simple hot-wired
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past participle hot-wired
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-ing form hot-wiring
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Motoring problems and accidents
 
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hot-wire something (informal) 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. See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents
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