The definition of cold war is hostility between areas, states or nations without physical fighting.
An example of a cold war was the relationship between the USA and the USSR after World War II.
hostility and sharp conflict as in diplomacy and economics between states, without actual warfare
cold war Idioms
the Cold War
the period (1945-91) of cold war between the Soviet Union and its Communist allies and the U.S. and its non-Communist allies
- 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.