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
Recent Examples on the Web In the scenic photos, Benson and Delevingne, 27, can be seen exploring the country on a motorcycle and a dune buggy, eating breakfast in a hot air balloon and spending time with locals. Helen Murphy,, "Cara Delevingne Surprised Ashley Benson with Epic Birthday Trip to Morocco: 'The Best Yet'," 21 Dec. 2019 The photos show what looks like an incredible vacation, complete with breakfast in a hot air balloon. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Cara Delevingne Surprised Ashley Benson with a Trip to Morocco for Her 30th Birthday," 23 Dec. 2019 The ‘grams show Ashley and Cara living their best lives during their vacation — including a picturesque excursion in a hot air balloon (accompanied by what looks like delicious snacks and coffee). De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ashley Benson Celebrated Her 30th Birthday in Morocco With Cara Delevingne," 21 Dec. 2019 According to Energy Saving Trust, the amount of carbon dioxide generated by Christmas lights each year could power 15,500 hot air balloons. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Let's Have Some Fun and Calculate the Carbon Footprint of Christmas," 19 Dec. 2019 One Vodka hot air balloon that was apparently there for marketing purposes only. Annabel Ross, Billboard, "Bio-Haque, the Art Basel Party From Grimes, Nina Kraviz & Sophie, Failed to Live Up to Its 'Luxury Rave' Title," 9 Dec. 2019 Pollution trapped under 'lid of hot air' The problem is compounded by winter weather, when temperatures fall and wind speeds slow. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "The perfect storm fueling New Delhi's deadly pollution," 4 Nov. 2019 This groom-to-be made his unique proposal even more memorable with the help of a lot of hot air. Hannah Chubb,, "This Football-Loving Couple Got Engaged While Staying in the Goodyear Blimp — See the Photos!," 24 Oct. 2019 An influx of hot air from North Africa is triggering the sky-high temperatures, similar to last month’s record heatwave that hit much of central and western Europe, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Linda Givetash, NBC News, "Britain braces for hottest day ever as heat wave stifles Europe," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of hot air

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hot air was in 1873

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10 Jan 2020

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“Hot air.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hot air

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

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