hot-rod


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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.

hot′ rod`


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

hot′-rod′



v.i. -rod•ded, -rod•ding.
1. to drive a hot rod.
2. Informal. to drive very fast.
[1945–50]
hot′ rod′der, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hot-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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Yes, it only seems like yesterday when I acquired the keys to my own first hot-rod - a lovely Wolseley 1660 which had wooden fascia, wooden drop-down tables in the back and drove like a tank.