hot air


Definition of hot air

: empty talk

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 The 1,500-watt space heater has a high and low heat setting, complete with a wide oscillation that evenly distributes hot air throughout any room. Amy Schulman,, 9 Jan. 2022 The absence of a more detailed explanation has left military strategists and ordinary people alike in Taiwan guessing about whether Beijing is blowing hot air or preparing for an actual attack. Chao Deng, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 But researchers have found that on blistering days, fans can make conditions worse by blowing hot air on workers’ already hot bodies. Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Inspired by banyan trees and hot air balloons, Ephemeral Station offers a high-tech way for people to gather safely in harsh environments. CNN, 28 Dec. 2021 After a pandemic hiatus, hot air balloons once again soared over the city by the hundreds. Ann Hermes, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Dec. 2021 Some of the displays include hot air balloons and baskets filled with gifts and cards, Santa’s reindeer ready to take flight, festive snowmen and snowflakes, and other holiday décor adorning the buildings. Joshua Gunter, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2021 When banker Lex Greensill gained unrivaled access to the heart of government supported by little more than hot air and former PM David Cameron in 2020, the country’s chief civil servant proved to be part of the problem rather than the solution. Douglas Board, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2021 The report bolsters the case put forward by youth activists that the climate promises of wealthy nations are little more than hot air, and that while countries continue to support fossil fuels, any talk of climate action amounts to empty rhetoric. David Vetter, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Hot air.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of hot air

: talk that is meant to sound important but does not mean very much

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