hot rod


Definition of hot rod

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

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There will be live music from a handful of favorite Texas bands and special VIP parking for hot rods and choppers. Heidi Van Horne, Houston Chronicle, "Heidi's customs & classics: Friends, fans invited to 19th annual Outkasts Car Club celebration," 19 Jan. 2018 Inside the auto shop, an old 1990s Mustang GT is suspended on a lift, another, newer model sits toward the back of the shop, and a hot rod, designed by students, rests under covers. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "This Dearborn high school looks like a castle," 27 June 2018 Yet, in keeping with The Handmaid’s Tale’s most upsetting habit, June isn’t allowed take that hot rod and break out of America with her unborn child forever. Ariana Romero,, "The Handmaid's Tale Needed Oprah As Much As We Do," 27 June 2018 Campbell also comes from a drag racing and car building background, spending 20 years working for Catepillar Equipment company in Illinois and building and selling hot rods and muscle cars from his home shop on the side. Heidi Van Horne, Houston Chronicle, "Heidi's Customs & Classics: New rod and custom shop team has racing, building history," 21 Feb. 2018 More than 900 vehicles — from classic cars to vintage hot rods — are expected to be displayed. Jay Jones,, "Mesquite, Nev., will roar to life with classic car and hot-rod show," 10 Jan. 2018 Classic and antique cars, hot rods and muscle cars, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, food and drinks. Luann Gibbs,, "Cincinnati events: Fun and free events this weekend," 12 July 2018 The traveling safety school includes equal parts classroom study and road testing in the parking lot outside the track where hot rods race on other weekends. Robert Duffer,, "Teen driver safety school comes to Chicagoland race track," 9 June 2018 The festival’s other events include a July 20 Golf Scramble at Lost Marsh Golf Course near George Lake, and a July 22 hot rod and custom car show at Wolf Lake Memorial Park. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Festival of the Lakes salutes '90s music," 5 July 2018

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hot rod

informal : a car that has been changed so that it can be driven and raced at very fast speeds

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: an automobile rebuilt for high speed and fast acceleration

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