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’
- ‘Fresh meat is lower in sodium than luncheon meat, bacon, hot dogs, sausage and ham.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On Sundays, the bar opens its kitchen, serving burgers, hot dogs, and pizza.’
2North American informal A person who shows off, especially a skier or surfer who performs stunts or tricks.
- ‘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.’
- ‘And with spectacular past performances in hot dog waves as a guide - talent wise - Tim has what it takes to go wire-to-wire.’
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
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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