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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
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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