One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural hot rods
A motor vehicle that has been specially modified to give it extra power and speed.
- ‘The event is open to American classic cars and hot rods from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm.’
- ‘Then we have the groups who believe street rods, hot rods, muscle cars, or antiques are the way to go.’
- ‘And Ford's designers can't believe it, but here it is, the hot rod of the future.’
- ‘When racers from Belsize Garage power their hot rods around Buxton's High Edge circuit tomorrow, they'll be keeping alive a name with more than 100 years of motoring history.’
- ‘Looking for an iconic genre he could leverage, he settled on the hot rod.’
- ‘‘I also have a passion for automobiles, car shows, hot rods, collecting and racing,’ he says.’
- ‘Additionally, Americans are increasingly more interested in hot rods and will more and more choose the bold colors traditionally associated with these types of vehicles including rich reds and yellows.’
- ‘But the wheel business might not exist without the 25-year tradition for building hot rods and the strong image behind them.’
- ‘They took the professor's car, which made Vance's hatchback look like a hot rod.’
- ‘This very popular one-day show is in its 14th year and gets bigger and better every time with a variety of street machines, vintage and veteran cars, hot rods, bikes and special interest vehicles.’
1no object Drive a hot rod.
- ‘If you look deeply into the entire automotive scene the new craze in imports really isn't that different than the early days of hot-rodding.’
- ‘This new style of hot-rodding is what brings the automakers, all of them intent on capturing these enthusiasts - many with their parents' large disposable incomes - as customers.’
- ‘They're neither fast enough to inspire hot-rodding, nor large enough to be used as party cruisers.’
- ‘The thesis begins by examining the role of technological enthusiasm in the early growth of hot rodding.’
2with object Modify (a vehicle or other device) to make it faster or more powerful.
- ‘Even though the pistol is a locked breech design, it is not a candidate for hot-rodding.’
- ‘Is there a place on the pop charts for a hand playing hot-rodded country music?’
- ‘But an ambitious owner could then hot-rod his breviary by colouring them in as if they had been illuminated by real monks.’
- ‘Some sort of anodised aluminium encases the new 64-bit G5 processor which has been hot-rodded by the addition of a second floating point unit and a few other tweaks.’
- ‘I tracked using my old Fender Princeton and favorite hot-rodded Strat, experimenting with amp positions, as well as checking the system with vocals.’
- ‘Slark was still down in the engine room, making sure the vastly upgraded engine he'd so ingeniously hot-rodded was still running and not about to burst into flames and burn the ship to a crisp.’
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