hot wire

hot-wire

[v. hot-wahyuhr; adj. hot-wahyuhr]
verb (used with object), hot-wired, hot-wiring.
1.
Slang. to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by short-circuiting the ignition.
adjective
2.
Electricity, Engineering. depending for its operation on the lengthening or increasing resistance of a wire when it is heated: hot-wire anemometer; hot-wire microphone.

Origin:
1950–55

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hot-wire
 
vb
slang (tr) to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by bypassing the ignition switch

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hot wire definition


  1. tv.
    to start a car without a key. (By using a wire to carry current around the ignition switch.) : Lefty hot wired the car and used it for an hour or two.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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