hot rod


Definition of hot rod

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

Examples of hot rod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then one day in 2016 a friend showed me this rat rod—which is a beat-up hot rod of sorts—built out of a 1952 Ford pickup. A.j. Baime, WSJ, 24 July 2021 The public is invited to showcase their car or souped up hot rod for $15 per vehicle. Post-tribune Staff,, 30 July 2021 The annual car and hot rod show was slated to return to the TCF Center from April 30 to May 2, more than a month later than it is usually scheduled. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, 20 Apr. 2021 Throw the hot rod a funeral, where all the truck's beloved family and friends can share their feelings over the loss. Ew Staff,, 20 May 2021 Police received an initial report of multiple hot rod vehicles traveling west to east on Hiram Trail around 7:30 p.m. April 19. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2021 Autorama — considered by car enthusiasts to be one of the nation's top custom hot rod shows — was supposed to make a comeback. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, 20 Apr. 2021 Anyone who has ever built a hot rod (or a restomod, for that matter) knows that the devil is in the details, and those details can take years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to iron out. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 2 Mar. 2021 Toyota claimed the little hot rod could reach 60 mph in about 8.0 seconds. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of hot rod

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hot rod was in 1943

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18 Aug 2021

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“Hot rod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hot rod

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

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Kids Definition of hot rod

: an automobile rebuilt for high speed and fast acceleration

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