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Start the engine of (a vehicle) by bypassing the ignition system, typically in order to steal it.
- ‘It was taken after a gang cut the padlock on the security gate and hot-wired the vehicle.’
- ‘As the owner banged on the window, one of the thieves hot-wired the car, whilst the other made a rude gesture.’
- ‘Hot-wiring a plane, however, is easier than hot-wiring a car.’
- ‘One hot-wires the ignition while his partner, with the help of plastic, self-fastening pins, quickly attaches a pair of false number plates.’
- ‘She jumped onto the bus, sat down in the driver's seat, and hot-wired it expertly.’
- ‘Reports at the time included 50 cars being hot-wired and driven out of the showroom to be disembowelled for parts, and hundreds hospitalised after fires and fighting broke out.’
- ‘He smashed off the plastic cowling surrounding the ignition lock and attempted to hot-wire the car but was unable to start it.’
- ‘He had taken the vehicle by hot-wiring it so he could visit his mother in Liverpool.’
- ‘Between food-thievery, vehicle hot-wiring and gas-siphoning, Cowen jokes that he has learned a new set of skills.’
- ‘This prevents an auto thief from engaging the transmission by hot-wiring or with an ignition key.’
- ‘The fact is if one has an immobiliser, the easy way of hot-wiring a car is no longer possible, and one kills that crime stone dead.’
- ‘A murder suspect being watched by detectives hot-wired the machine as officers were chatting, a national newspaper reported.’
- ‘He hot-wired the Caterpillar forklift after reading how to operate it in the local library.’
- ‘After hot-wiring the car, he was on his way to his house.’
- ‘‘I was trying to protect you,’ he said as he opened the driver side door of the car she had hot-wired.’
- ‘From my third floor vantage point, I could see a young would-be car thief trying to hot-wire an old van that I had not seen move in over a year.’
- ‘The repossession company can hot-wire your car and drive it away from any location, as long as it doesn't illegally enter your locked garage or physically threaten you.’
- ‘She hot-wired Brian's car and drove out of the garage.’
- ‘The mugger then hot-wired his Honda, and sped off towards Sukhumvit Road.’
- ‘He hot-wires the car to start using the battery and the two wires.’
[attributive] (of an electrical instrument) depending on the expansion of a wire when heated or on a change in the electrical resistance of a wire when heated or cooled.‘a hot-wire detector’
- ‘This portable hot wire anemometer provides fast accurate reading with digital readability and is ideally suited for environmental testing.’
- ‘Today most PCMs measure airflow directly, using either a hot-wire or a hot-film airflow sensor.’
- ‘A hot-wire device designed as a gas-loaded heat pipe has been used to study the axial magnetic field influence on the heat transfer in a potassium vapor.’
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