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hot rod

also hot-rod  (hŏt′rŏd′)
n. Slang
An automobile that has been rebuilt or modified to increase its speed and acceleration.

[Possibly in reference to the modified camshaft of such automobiles, or to the rods connecting the pistons to the crankshaft (whose bearings frequently failed in early automobiles modified for speed), or possibly from shortening and alteration of roadster (all perhaps influenced by earlier hot rod, gangster who carries a gun).]

hot′-rod′ v.
hot rodder, hot′-rod′der n.
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hot rod

1. (Automotive Engineering) a car with an engine that has been radically modified to produce increased power
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hot′ rod`

an automobile specially built or altered for fast acceleration and increased speed.
[1940–45, Amer.]


v.i. -rod•ded, -rod•ding.
1. to drive a hot rod.
2. Informal. to drive very fast.
hot′ rod′der, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: rod - a car modified to increase its speed and accelerationhot rod - a car modified to increase its speed and acceleration
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
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Hot Rod

hot rod

n (Aut) (fam) → macchina truccata
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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