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hotline

1. A telecommunications link, especially a telephone line, that provides fast, direct access to a source of information, confidential assistance, or emergency aid. We've set up a hotline for any potential witnesses to come forward with information about the incident.
2. A direct and immediate line of communication between the heads of different governments, used especially for or during an international crisis. The hotline between the U.S. and Canada has been in constant use after the terrorist attack at the border of the two countries.

hot line

A telephone line that gives quick and direct access to a source of information or help. For example, Our state has an AIDS hot line in every county. This term was originally (and is still) used for a direct link between heads of government for use during a crisis, but was quickly extended to wider applications. [1950s]
See also: hot, line
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designing a poster that highlighted the anonymous hot line number, reinforced the company's new business values and showed how the new values supported ethics
These are the sort of figures we saw last summer, when each call to the hot line was costing up to pounds 120.
Antonovich, who sponsored the motion creating the hot line.
Putting together anonymous hot lines for employees to report fraud.
The ''120'' emergency hot line, which provides SARS assistance and counseling to people, including those who fear they or others close to them have been infected, has been receiving more than 1,000 calls daily since an upsurge in inquiries began at the beginning of May.
Besides the 23 prefectures, including Kagoshima and Hokkaido, where the hot line will be set up, four prefectures -- Ishikawa, Nara, Okayama and Saga -- will set up a similar hot line from Friday through June 15.
The act will establish background checks, increase fines to $5,000 per violation and to $10,000 for repeat offenses, give the state health department the authority to replace bad nursing-home operators without going through the courts, establish a central nursing home hot line, and hire an additional 10 new inspectors plus 25 new auditors for a Medicaid Fraud Strike Force.
When information-seeking is a desired outcome, mass media campaigns include a hot line for people to call for additional information.
Kuromiya, who published an AIDS newsletter and ran a 24-hour information hot line, also helped start the Philadelphia chapter of ACT UP.
One of Japan's biggest railway companies Wednesday opened a trial hot line for people in distress, hoping to reduce the number of people committing suicide by diving in front of its trains, a major cause of delays on its network.
The hot line, 800-232-2522, provides information and serves as "rumor control" for the general public and health care professionals, said Ms.
The ground-level narrative in Massing's book tells the story of Raphael Flores, proprietor of Hot Line Cares, a perpetually broke drug treatment office Flores founded in 1970.
The Teen Hot Line in Campbell River was developed in response to the large apparent need for teens to talk with their peers about important issues (Tindall & Gray, 1989).
In 1993, information received by the hot line facilitated arrests in ten homicide cases.
These plans offer, in some variation, coverage for domestic matters, wills and estate planning, traffic matters, consumer, debt and real estate issues, as well as some type of unlimited legal hot line service.