1. start (a car engine) without a key by bypassing the ignition interlock
    The woman who lost the car keys had to hot-wire her van
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How To Use hot-wire In A Sentence

  • Youngsters are believed to have ‘hot-wired’ a dumper truck and drove it at a new classroom being built at Healey Primary School.
  • 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.
  • The woman who lost the car keys had to hot-wire her van
  • As the owner banged on the window, one of the thieves hot-wired the car, whilst the other made a rude gesture.
  • He hot-wires the car to start using the battery and the two wires.
  • He hot-wired a truck and drove it through a prison fence.
  • She jumped onto the bus, sat down in the driver's seat, and hot-wired it expertly.
  • She hot-wired Brian's car and drove out of the garage.
  • A murder suspect being watched by detectives hot-wired the machine as officers were chatting, a national newspaper reported.
  • It was taken after a gang cut the padlock on the security gate and hot-wired the vehicle.
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