Definition of war chest in US English:

war chest


  • 1A reserve of funds used for fighting a war.

    • ‘Rumours persist to the present day that the Russian Preobrazhenskiy Guard buried its war chest on the battlefield, and amateur treasure hunters often visit the site in search of this hoard.’
    • ‘War bonds essentially fund a war chest that is voluntarily filled by the public.’
    • ‘Since wars had to be paid for, governments needed a war chest, particularly as their tax base was narrow and financial credit in short supply.’
    1. 1.1 A sum of money used for conducting a campaign or business.
      • ‘With an expected turnover of #4m this year, Stortext should have the war chest to fund an aggressive growth strategy.’
      • ‘Since 2001, the war chest created by this profitable failure has funded a string of carefully constructed deals that has given Baugur a sizeable hold on the UK high street.’
      • ‘Suggestions that Burke was building a political war chest in anticipation of a bid to win a European Parliament seat have been greeted with scepticism.’
      • ‘A cash pile amounting to nearly half the shareholders' funds is acceptable for a time - as a war chest in pursuit of a transformational acquisition.’
      • ‘If that does not open a war chest for lawyers in this country to make those sorts of applications to the High Court non-stop, I would be very surprised, indeed.’
      • ‘By one estimate, the typical senator has to raise $6,000 each day of a six-year term in order to accumulate a sufficient war chest for reelection.’
      • ‘Before last week's launch of the U.N. war chest to fight the disease, the total investment in fighting the disease in Africa stood at no more than $400 million.’
      • ‘After relentless budget cuts at the club, Levein could land a war chest even Rangers and Celtic would envy.’
      • ‘But news it has struck a deal with its banks to fund a war chest of €80 million for its own expansion plans suggests it sees a future in being a standalone entity.’
      • ‘Bush has amassed a war chest of more than $100 million which will be spent between now and September when the Federal funding of the election campaign clicks in.’
      • ‘The candidate with the largest war chest waited until later in the summer, had a novice time buyer and ended up paying as much as two to three times more for the same ads.’
      • ‘When is a corporate war chest not a war chest, but instead could be a corporate millstone?’
      • ‘On the one hand, cash supplies a cushion against hard times or a war chest to bankroll growth strategies.’
      • ‘Even the most cash-rich partnership can't match the war chest a publicly traded firm can amass.’
      • ‘The company is travelling to 14 European cities in eight days in order to raise $300 million to fund acquisitions as well as strengthen its war chest.’
      • ‘And the challenge here is that the entrenched monopolist's war chest ensures a dog fight as every step of the essential retail ecosystem is built.’
      • ‘The sale netted £8.6m, and although the costs of moving to less glamorous surroundings in Essex will depress results for a year or so, the deal provides a war chest for further acquisitions.’
      • ‘The Australian-born Selway told analysts he has built up a war chest of between £250m and £300m to fund acquisitions.’
      • ‘Just as the candidate with the biggest war chest is perceived as a potential winner, U.S. military and economic strength make it the presumptive frontrunner in international contests.’
      • ‘The bottom line is that TV can reap tremendous rewards for your small business, but you have to be willing to be patient and have the war chest to back up that patience.’


war chest

/ˈwôr ˌCHest//ˈwɔr ˌtʃɛst/