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[hot-dawg, -dog] /ˈhɒtˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/ Informal.
verb (used without object), hot-dogged, hot-dogging.
to perform unusual or very intricate maneuvers in a sport, especially surfing or skiing.
to perform in a recklessly or flamboyantly skillful manner, as in a sport or athletic activity; show off.
skillful or excellent, as in sports performance.
of, indicating, or for a type of sports activity, especially surfing or skiing, in which intricate and potentially dangerous stunts are performed.
intended or done to draw attention; showy or sensational.

hot dog

[noun hot dawg; interjection hot dawg] /noun ˈhɒt ˌdɔg; interjection ˈhɒt ˈdɔg/
a frankfurter.
a sandwich consisting of a frankfurter in a split roll, usually eaten with mustard, sauerkraut, or relish.
Also, hotdog, hot dogger, hotdogger, hot-dogger. Informal.
  1. a person who performs complex, showy, and sometimes dangerous maneuvers, especially in surfing or skiing.
  2. a show-off, especially in sports.
Informal. (used to express great joy or delight.)
Origin of hot dog
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for hot-dog
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  • It happened pretty fast and like I say, I just went in to eat a hot-dog for lunch and I wasn't expecting any of this.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • hot-dog sandwiches and long green pickles and ginger ale, but you have to drink out of the bottles.

    The Camp Fire Girls on a Yacht Margaret Love Sanderson
  • The Assistant Secretary is here to discuss the hot-dog concession with a local bigwig.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • Unheard were the blaring of bands, and the raucous cry of the "hot-dog man," and the riot and roar of the rabble.

    Fifth Avenue

    Arthur Bartlett Maurice
  • On get-away day the program boy bawls his loudest and the hot-dog purveyor pushes his fragrant wares with the utmost energy.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
British Dictionary definitions for hot-dog

hot dog1

a sausage, esp a frankfurter, served hot in a long roll split lengthways
Word Origin
C20: from the supposed resemblance of the sausage to a dachshund

hot dog2

(mainly US) a person who performs showy acrobatic manoeuvres when skiing or surfing
verb hot-dog, -dogs, -dogging, -dogged
(intransitive) to perform a series of manoeuvres in skiing, surfing, etc, esp in a showy manner
Word Origin
C20: from US hot dog!, exclamation of pleasure, approval, etc
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Word Origin and History for hot-dog

hot dog

also hotdog, "sausage on a split roll," c.1890, popularized by cartoonist T.A. Dorgan. It is said to echo a 19c. suspicion (occasionally justified) that sausages contained dog meat. Meaning "someone particularly skilled or excellent" (with overtones of showing off) is from 1896. Connection between the two senses, if any, is unclear. Hot dog! as an exclamation of approval was in use by 1906.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hot-dog

hot dog


An exclamation of delight, gratification, relish, etc; hot damn, hot shit: Did you have a good time? ''Hot dog!'' (1906+)


  1. : a hot-dog stand/ embattled hot-dog vendor
  2. : I don't appreciate that hot-dog garbage in my ball park

noun phrase

  1. A frankfurter or a frankfurter sandwich (1900+)
  2. hot shot (1900+)


: Walter is one of the good guys, not a hot dog (1966+)

verb phrase

  1. To perform in a brilliant, spectacular way, esp in order to seize the admiration of an audience; grandstand, play to the grandstand, show off: a little careless against Bob Cousy's Royals, hot-dogging their passes and loosening their defenses (1960s+)
  2. To surf spectacularly: Surfers may ''hot dog,'' do acrobatics (1960s+ Surfers)
  3. To do hot-dog skiing (1970s+ Skiers)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with hot-dog

hot dog

A person who performs showy, often dangerous stunts, especially but not exclusively in sports; also, a showoff. For example, He was a shameless hot dog on the tennis court, smashing every ball, or She was a hot dog behind the wheel, screeching her wheels at every turn. The relation of this term to the edible hot dog is unknown. [ ; c. 1900 ]
Also,hot diggety dog;hot diggety. An interjection expressing delight or enthusiasm, as in Hot dog! What a great gift, or Hot diggety! We got the best concert tickets after all. [ ; c. 1900 ]
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