hot air


Definition of hot air 

: empty talk

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Examples of hot air in a Sentence

She's full of hot air. his taking credit for the rescue was mostly hot air, since the boat was actually saved by the Coast Guard

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The name of the company operating the hot air balloon was not immediately available for comment. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Colorado hot air balloon crash injures multiple people, one reportedly in critical condition," 3 Aug. 2018 The inherent complication with this design is that exhaust gases are hot, and hot air packs less power than denser cold air. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Moving More With Less: Why Four-Cylinders Are Coming to Full-Size Trucks," 21 June 2018 In 1911 and 1912, an Austrian physicist named Victor Hess took to the sky in a series of risky hot air balloon trips—for science. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "What's a Blazar? A Galactic Bakery for Cosmic Rays," 12 July 2018 Nikiski's summer winds could add to the issue of hot air recirculation, according to Akiyama. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Veteran industry engineer questions aspects of Alaska LNG plans," 6 July 2018 Tethered hot air balloon rides Last year, an air show was held the opening day of the fair. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Waukesha County Fair serves up deep-fried Oreos with a side of Sister Hazel," 3 July 2018 In prior years, the light display and programming continued through three weekends in December, until January's Glitter & Glow, a hot air balloon festival. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "City strips down festivities at Glendale Glitters to cut costs," 26 June 2018 The pilot was flying solo, according to a statement from Phil Clinger, competition director for the hot air balloon festival. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Hot air balloon hits power lines, catches fire, crashes in lake," 24 June 2018 The Pediatric Hair Solutions website says that its treatment combining a liquid solution to kill live bugs followed by a hot air treatment to wipe out the eggs is 99 percent effective. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Nitpicking or infringement? Companies in patent fight over head lice treatment.," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of hot air

1873, in the meaning defined above

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14 Nov 2018

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The first known use of hot air was in 1873

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English Language Learners Definition of hot air

: talk that is meant to sound important but does not mean very much

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