hot dog

[n. hot dawg; interj. hot dawg]
noun
1.
a frankfurter.
2.
a sandwich consisting of a frankfurter in a split roll, usually eaten with mustard, sauerkraut, or relish.
3.
Also, hotdog, hot dogger, hotdogger, hot-dogger. Informal.
a.
a person who performs complex, showy, and sometimes dangerous maneuvers, especially in surfing or skiing.
b.
a show-off, especially in sports.
interjection
4.
Informal. (used to express great joy or delight.)

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism

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hot-dog

[hot-dawg, -dog] Informal.
verb (used without object), hot-dogged, hot-dogging.
1.
to perform unusual or very intricate maneuvers in a sport, especially surfing or skiing.
2.
to perform in a recklessly or flamboyantly skillful manner, as in a sport or athletic activity; show off.
adjective
3.
skillful or excellent, as in sports performance.
4.
of, indicating, or for a type of sports activity, especially surfing or skiing, in which intricate and potentially dangerous stunts are performed.
5.
intended or done to draw attention; showy or sensational.
Also, hotdog.
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hot dog1
 
n
a sausage, esp a frankfurter, served hot in a long roll split lengthways
 
[C20: from the supposed resemblance of the sausage to a dachshund]

hot dog2
 
n
1.  chiefly (US) a person who performs showy acrobatic manoeuvres when skiing or surfing
 
vb , hot-dog, -dogs, -dogging, -dogged
2.  (intr) to perform a series of manoeuvres in skiing, surfing, etc, esp in a showy manner
 
[C20: from US hot dog!, exclamation of pleasure, approval, etc]

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Word Origin & History

hot dog
"sausage on a split roll," c.1890, popularized by cartoonist T.A. Dorgan. It is said to echo a 19c. suspicion (occasionally justified) that sausages contained dog meat. Meaning "someone particularly skilled or excellent" (with overtones of showing off) is from 1896. Connection between the two senses
is unclear. Hot dog! as an exclamation of approval was in use by 1906.
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Idioms & Phrases

hot dog

A person who performs showy, often dangerous stunts, especially but not exclusively in sports; also, a showoff. For example, He was a shameless hot dog on the tennis court, smashing every ball, or She was a hot dog behind the wheel, screeching her wheels at every turn. The relation of this term to the edible hot dog is unknown. [Colloquial; c. 1900]

  1. Also, hot diggety dog; hot diggety. An interjection expressing delight or enthusiasm, as in Hot dog! What a great gift, or Hot diggety! We got the best concert tickets after all. [Slang; c. 1900]

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hot dog

highly seasoned sausage, traditionally of mixed pork and beef. Frankfurters are named for Frankfurt am Main, Ger., the city of their origin, where they were sold and eaten at beer gardens.

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