Definition of hotline in English:


(also hot line)


  • A direct telephone line set up for a specific purpose, especially for use in emergencies or for communication between heads of government.

    ‘a domestic violence hotline’
    • ‘Now join our campaign - the Evening Standard sets up an emergency hotline to report track defects.’
    • ‘I operate an emergency hotline to ensure that I can assist in securing a speedy hearing of these issues by the court whenever they arise.’
    • ‘This season there will be a soybean rust hotline which is being funded by the Nebraska Soybean Board.’
    • ‘Adrian also has info on hotlines and phone directories for those unable to reach relatives, and links to sites which have lists of missing people.’
    • ‘In various cities, emergency hotlines and hostels have been set up for women and girls forced to flee their neighbourhoods.’
    • ‘The hotline will be operating day and night and 30 lines will be available simultaneously.’
    • ‘Instead, he suggested, they should have hotlines and said: ‘Call it telephone diplomacy‘.’
    • ‘A 24-hour manned hotline has also been set up to give information and deal with individual concerns.’
    • ‘But calls to their emergency hotline revealed 1,900 houses were without fuel.’
    • ‘Officers were unable to find out which address the men were using to sell the drugs until the call to our hotline.’
    • ‘The people of Scotland decided the final winners by voting in their thousands via telephone hotlines and the internet.’
    • ‘The woman shopkeeper saw her condition and called Childline, an emergency hotline for children in distress.’
    • ‘Those calling the hotline are referred onto police or community service officers for further help.’
    • ‘About six people a day are currently calling the hotline with vital intelligence about the sale of drugs.’