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hot air

noun, Informal.
empty, exaggerated, or pretentious talk or writing:
His report on the company's progress was just so much hot air.
Origin of hot air
1835-45 for literal sense Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Hidden pipes of hot air maintained a summer temperature in the building.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
  • To increase the heat, blasts of hot air are blown into the bottom of the furnace.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • hot air, steam, and electric heat are all employed in the various makes of coffee driers.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • The hot air is pouring in upon us from a fiery furnace outside.

  • As if in answer to his words, there came from behind them a gust of hot air that carried with it the smell of burning grass.

British Dictionary definitions for hot air

hot air

(informal) empty and usually boastful talk
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Slang definitions & phrases for hot air

hot air

noun phrase

  1. Nonsense; pretentious talk; bold and deceitful absurdities; baloney, bullshit: The Jefferson family tree will never be blown down by any hot air from me
  2. Pomposity and vanity; bombast: The old fraud talks a lot of hot air (1900+)

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full of hot air

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with hot air

hot air

Empty, exaggerated talk, as in That last speech of his was pure hot air. It is also put asfull of hot air, as in Pay no attention to Howard—he's full of hot air. This metaphoric term transfers heated air to vaporous talk. [ Late 1800s ]
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