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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Surprisingly, humans weren’t the first creatures to take to the skies in balloons, as a duck, a sheep and a rooster were aboard the first hot air balloon flight in September 1783, according to Time magazine. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Take to the Central Florida skies for Hot Air Balloon Day," 4 June 2019 Dykema says the whirl started when hot air from the exceptionally hot fire rose and twisted tightly, creating a powerful tornado of flames and wind. Fox News, "The Latest: Northern California 'fire whirl' reached 143 mph," 3 Aug. 2018 Authorities said that more than 1,100 firefighters with 327 vehicles and eight aircraft were battling the blaze that erupted amid a heatwave caused by a mass of hot air from North Africa. Fox News, "Portugal battles major wildfire as Europe heat wave endures," 6 Aug. 2018 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

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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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