An example of a cold war was the relationship between the USA and the USSR after World War II.
the Cold War
- often Cold War A state of political tension and military rivalry between nations that stops short of full-scale war, especially that which existed between the United States and Soviet Union following World War II.
- A state of rivalry and tension between two factions, groups, or individuals that stops short of open, violent confrontation.
- cold warrior
- A period of hostile relations between rivals where direct open warfare between them is largely undesired and avoided.
- The period of hostility short of open war between the Soviet Bloc and the Western powers, especially the United States, 1945–91.