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hot rod

An automobile that has been specially refitted, redesigned, or altered in some way so as to achieve very high speeds and acceleration. I've spent nearly two years turning this old worn-out Mustang into one heck of a hot rod.
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hot rod

An automobile modified to increase its speed and acceleration, as in Kids love to tinker with cars and try to convert them into hot rods. [Mid-1900s] Also see hopped up.
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(hot) rod

n. a car that has been customized for power and speed by the owner. My rod’ll outrun yours any day.
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In Teen Spirit, 1999, his virile alter ego is embellished rather startlingly with butterfly (decorated with interlaced Gucci G's) and hot-rod tattoos, and he sports a penis (modeled on an Ettore Sottsass vase), literally popping out of his leopard-print pants.
Portrayed in Time magazine as the "supply sergeant to Hell's Angels," Ed Roth tilted the trend for hot-rod graphics even farther toward the defiantly tasteless with the sweeping array of popular "Rat Fink" T-shirts and gimcracks he pitched at car shows and in the back pages of car mags and comics.
AMEX:EZR), a leading publisher of motorcycle and lifestyle magazines, will upgrade American Rodder, the premier hot-rod magazine, Keith Ball, executive vice president and editorial director of Easyriders, Monday announced.
My grandmother's a devout Catholic, so I had my picture taken with the bike and the reverend, so I can show it to her and say, 'Here, Grandma, you can worry less,''' said Stuhlman, who had the traditional hot-rod flame designs tattooed on his left arm instead of painted onto his bike.
3 -- color) A vehicle does a U-turn on Glenoaks Boulevard in Pacoima, as police arrive nearby to issue tickets and check equipment in connection with hot-rod street racing.
With typical elan, Rhino turns its sharp repackaging eye toward hot-rod culture in this fine-tuned four-disc anthology featuring a showroom's worth of songs - including many out-of-print items - about America's love affair with the auto.