hot rod


: an automobile rebuilt or modified for high speed and fast acceleration

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The frame in this hot rod was built almost 90 years ago, in 1935, but don't expect to get much more than that from the history books. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 18 Nov. 2022 For starters, this hot rod sedan delivers a stunning 671 hp and 752 ft lbs of torque to all four wheels in a novel way: via the world’s most powerful four-cylinder engine up front, and a two-speed electric motor at the rear axle. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 21 Sep. 2022 This hot rod might have a dual exhaust, but not the kind that annoys the neighbors. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 8 Sep. 2022 The famous 1949 Mercury hot rod featured in the 1978 musical will be sold on August 20 at a Mecum Auctions event in Monterey, California. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 9 Aug. 2022 But in the spirit of the sordid ‘80s, illicit substances were discovered during the stop and the man in question ended up behind bars, with the hot rod Hammer getting seized by the DEA. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 29 July 2022 Was this a hot rod hacked together by rogue Ford engineers to explore the possibilities of super-quick work trucks? Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 1 July 2022 Mendoza included an image of a miniature hot rod and a family photo plucked from her husband’s wallet, encased in a resin cube. New York Times, 22 June 2022 The Challenger is the hot rod of the duo, packing a 108 cubic-inch PowerPlus V-twin engine that churns out 122 hp and 128 ft lbs of torque, figures which rival some small cars. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 15 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hot rod was in 1943

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“Hot rod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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hot rod


: an automobile rebuilt or changed for high speed and fast acceleration

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