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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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 The hot air temperatures are having their affect on Lake Michigan as well. Tom Skilling,, "Temperature and rainfall totals are jumping," 27 June 2018 Options include fitness-y experiences like whitewater rafting, hiking, and skydiving, travel-y experiences like whale watching, hot air balloon rides, and ziplining, foodie experiences like champagne brunch cruises and winery tours, and so. Annie Daly, SELF, "7 Wellness Experiences That Are Excellent Last-Minute Gift Ideas," 21 Dec. 2018 The Leicester Fire and Rescue Service posted several videos showing the swirling vortex of fire and air, which is caused when cooler air enters the top of the fire's hot air. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "'Firenado' caught on film during 10-engine blaze," 9 Aug. 2018 This year, evening tethered hot air balloon rides are being offered from about 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 18-July 21. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Waukesha County Fair serves up deep-fried Oreos with a side of Sister Hazel," 3 July 2018 The dome also works as an exhaust, venting hot air through the top without fans. National Geographic, "From Historic to Cutting Edge: Revitalizing Iconic Buildings," 25 May 2018 California Dreamin's sunrise hot air balloon rides require an early-morning call time, but a post-ride Champagne breakfast in a winery helps soften the blow. Archana Ram, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from San Diego," 5 Mar. 2018 Alto’s Odyssey switches the setting to a gorgeous desert landscape, and introduces new features like wall-riding and bouncy hot air balloons. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 8 best games for your new iPhone, iPad, or Android phone," 26 Dec. 2018

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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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excited commotion or publicity

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