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 An old-timey village reveals dancing Santas and hot air balloons. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Why the Frisco home just filmed for ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’ is more than a viral sensation," 22 Dec. 2020 According to Elliott and Cornelison, someone suggested that hot air balloons might play a role in a coronavirus-aware Carnival. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "Hot air balloons? Throw sales? Deadline for more Mardi Gras ideas is Saturday at midnight," 4 Dec. 2020 The book tells the story of a group of kids who come together to build their very own hot air balloons — hence the cover's colorful illustrations by Julianna Swaney. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Shares Cute Childhood Photo and Reveals She Was Teased for "Being Asian"," 11 Nov. 2020 Air fryers are typically designed around a heating element and use fans to pump hot air around your food at high volumes to deliver a thorough and uniform crisp. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best air fryer: Five things to consider," 4 Dec. 2020 But many critics say this impossible drive is just offering hot air. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Man, Physicists Really Hate the EmDrive," 12 Nov. 2020 Both consoles have fans to disperse hot air that can reach temperatures of up to 120 degrees, but the latest generation console has been refined for a less noisy experience. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Xbox Series X review: Wait for 'Halo Infinite'," 5 Nov. 2020 The Multi-Oven has a vent in the back that releases hot air, so this must be taken into account when mounting. Star Tribune, "Sound Advice: Even old TVs can be connected to soundbars," 30 Oct. 2020 The ceiling’s concave curves bring in natural light, and the entire building is clad in hollow glass tubes that trap hot air, creating a natural cooling effect. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Houston's Museum of Fine Arts Is Proof That Everything Really Is Bigger In Texas," 23 Oct. 2020

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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 2021

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“Hot air.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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