One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A frankfurter, especially one served hot in a long, soft roll and topped with various condiments.‘he's ordering a hot dog’‘a package of hot dogs’
- ‘If you don't like the two main entrées and are tired of hamburgers and hot dogs, we serve an outstanding broiled chicken twice a day.’
- ‘Fresh meat is lower in sodium than luncheon meat, bacon, hot dogs, sausage and ham.’
- ‘On Sundays, the bar opens its kitchen, serving burgers, hot dogs, and pizza.’
- ‘At lunchtime there is a poolside barbecue, at tea-time sandwiches and cake, and after hours a hot cabinet serving pizza and hot dogs with fried onions.’
- ‘The essence of baseball food is a bun-wrapped wiener - be it hot dog, bratwurst or sausage.’
2North American informal A person who shows off, especially a skier or surfer who performs stunts or tricks.
- ‘And with spectacular past performances in hot dog waves as a guide - talent wise - Tim has what it takes to go wire-to-wire.’
- ‘The viewers in my house were all worried about redneck/macho reactions among competitors when Kobayashi first won the hot dog round and then went on to win the grand prize.’
Used to express delight or enthusiastic approval.‘Hot dog! I've finally found something I can do that you can't’pose, strike an attitude, put on airs, attitudinize, behave affectedly, strutView synonyms
verbhotdogging, hotdogs, hotdoggedNorth American
no object Perform stunts or tricks; show off.‘he chastised the dancers who'd been hotdogging’
Late 19th century: originally US college slang, probably influenced by a popular belief that the sausages contained dog meat.
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