It was a stand off of political wills between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. We both had nuclear weapons and both sides knew what would happen if one was used. It turned into an Arms race that we won because the Communists went broke and the U.S.S.R. disintegrated. It was a scary time. We called it the "Cold War" because no shots were actually fired, just threats back and forth.
Two opposing factions are highly suspicious and mistrust each other but haven't actually broken out in violence. Between the end of WWII and the late 1980's the U.S. and Soviet Union were embroiled in a cold war. They had an arms race, stockpiling nuclear weapons in an effort to outdo each other. But never a single shot was ever fired.
Russia and the United States were in a 'cold war' after WWII. they fight in ways including politics, arm races, space races, spying, and several different ways but they never fight physically or face to face.
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The Cold War is kind of like an ongoing "rivalry" between USA and Russia. It has a lot to do with communism vs. democracy, and includes competitions like the arms and space race. It's considered a "cold war" because there isn't actually fighting, only the threat of it.
USSR and US ocmpete each other for better arms, leading proxy wars (like a pawn make other countires fight with USSR's ally), then the Stars Wars program occured which USSR wanted to make but they got broke end of cold war since USSR got broke.