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hot wire

To start a vehicle without a key by connecting wires that power the ignition. The thief stole the car by hot wiring it. A: "If you lost the key, we'll have to hot wire the car, I guess." B: "Can't we just call a locksmith?"
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hot wire

tv. to start a car without a key. (By using a wire to carry current around the ignition switch.) Lefty hot wired the car and used it for an hour or two.
See also: hot, wire
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