1. Period of mostly low-key or cultural brinkmanship between the United States and (most typically) the now-defunct Soviet Union, which formally ended in 1991 and had been going on since 1946 or 1917, depending on who you ask. Occasionally got hot or at least fairly warm in places like Vietnam, Berlin or Korea. Supposedly the fight between democracy and Communism, but nobody hears about such brinkmanship with China these days.
2. Any protracted, sullen standoff between people.
3. The ongoing medical attack on the vast family of rhinoviruses responsible for a condition known medically as acute nasopharyngitis.
They were Cold War kids, growing up in the 1970s.
There's a bit of a cold war between Jim and his parents these days.
They're still fighting the cold war, but for the moment we'll have to deal with blocked noses on a personal basis.
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