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hot rod

noun, Slang.
1.
an automobile specially built or altered for fast acceleration and increased speed.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45, Americanism

hot-rod

[hot-rod] /ˈhɒtˈrɒd/
verb (used without object), hot-rodded, hot-rodding.
1.
to drive a hot rod.
2.
to drive very fast.
verb (used with object), hot-rodded, hot-rodding.
3.
to drive (a vehicle) very fast.
4.
to adapt (a vehicle or its engine) for increased speed.
Origin
1945-50
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British Dictionary definitions for hot rod

hot rod

noun
1.
a car with an engine that has been radically modified to produce increased power
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Word Origin and History for hot rod

hot-rod

n.

also hot rod, 1945, American English, from hot + rod, apparently in a sense of "hunk of metal" (the cars also were called hot iron).

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Slang definitions & phrases for hot rod

hot rod

modifier

: hot-rod manual/ hot-rod club

noun phrase
  1. A car specially modified and fitted with a powerful or rebuilt engine so as to be much faster than one of the same stock design; a-bomb, can, rod: Special Racing Cars and Hot Rods, a technical book explains the principlesofsupercharging,carburetion,suspension,shockabsorbers. A complete speed manual (1945+ Hot rodders)
  2. (also hot rodder) A driver or devotee of hot rods: Right away he thinks he's a hot rod (1949+ Hot rodders)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with hot rod

hot rod

An automobile modified to increase its speed and acceleration, as in Kids love to tinker with cars and try to convert them into hot rods. [ Mid-1900s ]
Also see: hopped up
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