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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As Metro embarks on an ambitious plan to pump $15.5 billion into the rail system over 10 years, the wall of hot air that will soon greet riders at two downtown stations offers a dose of reality: money will not solve all the agency’s problems. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Metro was just given $15.5 billion over a decade to fix the system. But three years later, it still can’t repair the chillers.," 5 May 2018 As with the AirAlle', the FloSonix shoots hot air of up to 200 degrees to clear an infected area. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Nitpicking or infringement? Companies in patent fight over head lice treatment.," 22 June 2018 The wind direction is going to also keep the lakefront warm, blowing the hot air toward the beaches, said meteorologist Jamie Enderlen. Elyssa Cherney,, "Father's Day weekend will be dangerously hot, meteorologists warn," 14 June 2018 To expel hot air, use operable windows, rooftop vents or exhaust fans. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Greenhouse," 28 Jan. 2019 Fortunately, all signs suggest that the FART Act is just a bunch of hot air. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Has a Bill That Would Blow Up the WTO. It’s Called the U.S. FART Act.," 2 July 2018 In 2017, Kylie surprised Jordyn with a hot air balloon ride—casual. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Estimating Jordyn Woods' Net Worth From Her Kardashian Collaborations," 21 Feb. 2019 Then there was a giant rainbow, a magical forest of butterflies, a giant hot air balloon, and of course a ball pit, with is pretty much a staple at all Kardashian events. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Every Detail You Missed at Kylie Jenner’s Daughter’s Outrageous First Birthday Party," 11 Feb. 2019 Bristol’s 10 pound note gives a nod to the city’s urban wildlife and its annual hot air balloon festival. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "Your Bowie Is No Good Here, But He’ll Pay for a Zumba Class in Brixton," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of hot air

1873, in the meaning defined above

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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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