hot rod

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Attested since 1945 in American English, specifically meaning ‘hunk of metal’.[1]


hot rod (plural hot rods)

  1. Typically a passenger vehicle modified to run and/or accelerate faster. The term may be used generically to apply to any car, truck, or motorcycle (et al.) modified for increased speed and/or performance. It may also be used to specifically describe and refer to modified cars from the original (or traditional) era of "hot rods", post World War II and prior to 1960.
  2. (sexuality, slang) Synonym of penis


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hot rod (third-person singular simple present hot rods, present participle hot roding, simple past and past participle hot roded) or hotrod (slang)

  1. A colloquialism and slang term used to refer to the act of modifying a vehicle for enhanced driving performance, top speed, and/or to accelerate faster.
"Are you going to hot rod [the vehicle] or leave it stock?"


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  1. ^ hot rod” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.