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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]
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a ˈhot line (to somebody)

a special telephone line to an important person, such as a president, etc. which is used in emergencies: The President of the United States spoke on the hot line with the Prime Minister about the crisis.
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While there is no charge if they call via landline, this program is still not accessible to all, especially because not everyone has an access to landlines and prepaid mobile phone users would not be able to access the hotline either by call or SMS if they have no remaining credits,' she added.
Many hotline providers tout "case management" as a critical tool.
The hotline supports the collection of detailed infor-mation.
Today, the 116 000 hotline is fully implemented in only 12 Member States (the first country to make the number functioning was Portugal in 2007) and still has to be made fully operational in Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovenia and Sweden.
Over time, we've gotten an increasing number of calls," says Tim Schultz, who heads Raytheon's hotline operation.
CAIRO: The Ministery of Family and Population will be increasing the efficiency of its automated phone hotlines as of Tuesday to accommodate rising demand for its services, minister Moshira Khattab said in a statement.
The Antifraud Programs and Controls Task Force of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants offers help in this regard: a tool to help evaluate hotline effectiveness.
The National Clinicians' Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline (PEPline)
The survey also found that organizations without a hotline lost twice as much money in a fraud scheme as companies with a hotline, presumably because of the hotline's effectiveness as an early detection device.
The most obvious tightening of the screws on government-held information came from Congress in the form of a new exemption to the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) for 'critical infrastructure' data for national defense reasons," NEPA's newsletter, Hotline, reported July 19, 2004.
Call our Ethics Hotline to find out how to appropriately handle the situation, (707) 257-2466.
The toll-free Marine and Fresh Water Toxin Disease Reporting Hotline (1-888-232-8635) operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide diagnostic, treatment, and educational information.