hot air


: empty talk

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hot air was in 1873

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“Hot air.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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hot air

: empty talk

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