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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.
kiss the rod
To accept punishment passively. As a child, I always found it best to just kiss the rod—arguing with my parents always made the situation worse.
Something or someone that becomes the focus of others' criticism or blame. Primarily heard in US. The CEO became a lightning rod for criticism when his company laid off a third of its employees.
A measure of land equal to roughly 25 square miles. I need a measurement of the available land in square rods, please.
stick to beat (someone or something) with
Something, often a mishap or misdeed, that is used as an excuse for criticism. Even the slightest mistake by Stan was enough to give the boss a stick to beat him with.
make a rod for (one's) own back
To cause problems for oneself in the future by doing something in the present that is ill advised. Primarily heard in UK. I'm telling you, if you don't get some more exercise now, you'll be making a rod for yourself when you get older.
rule with a rod of iron
To rule, govern, or control a group or population with complete power over all aspects of life, work, etc. He rules with a rod of iron, and moves swiftly to gain control over any entity that is not already in his grasp. She has ruled this company with a rod of iron for three decades, and it's going to be difficult for her to let go of control.
a rod in pickle
obsolete A punishment or retaliation kept in store for future use. The prime minister insisted that Britain had a rod in pickle for any nation that dared encroach upon its sovereign borders in force.
spare the rod and spoil the child
If you avoid disciplining your child for behaving badly, they will never grow out of that bad behavior and will become spoiled as a result. I just think it's crazy that Susan and Jonathan let their children dictate the terms of the house like that. They have got to lay down the law—spare the rod and spoil the child.
old-fashioned To rain extremely heavily. Primarily heard in UK. We've been preparing for this match for weeks, but I heard it's going to be raining stair-rods tomorrow. We were looking forward to sunny skies in Portugal, but it rained stair-rods the whole time we were there.
See also: rain
rule with an iron rod
To rule, govern, or control a group or population with complete, typically tyrannical authority over all aspects of life, work, etc. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rule" and "with." He rules with an iron rod, and moves swiftly to gain control over any entity that is not already in his grasp. She has ruled this company with an iron rod for three decades, and it's going to be difficult for her to let go of control.
spare the rod and spoil the child.
Prov. You should punish a child when he or she misbehaves, because if you do not, the child will grow up expecting everyone to indulge him or her. Jane: How can you allow your little boy to be so rude? Ellen: It distresses me to punish him. Jane: lean understand that, but spare the rod and spoil the child.
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.
spare the rod and spoil the child
Discipline is necessary for good upbringing, as in She lets Richard get away with anything-spare the rod, you know. This adage appears in the Bible (Proverbs 13:24) and made its way into practically every proverb collection. It originally referred to corporal punishment. It is still quoted, often in shortened form, and today does not necessarily mean physical discipline.
a lightning rod for somethingmainly AMERICAN
If someone is a lightning rod for something such as anger or criticism, they are the person who is naturally blamed or criticized by people, although there are other people who are responsible. She has become a lightning rod for criticism of the administration. He told the Palermo court he was an innocent lightning rod for Italy's many crime problems. Note: You can also just call someone a lightning rod. She was the party's chief manager, star campaigner and also its lightning rod. Note: A lightning rod is a long metal strip, one end of which is fixed on the roof of a building, with the other end in the ground to protect the building from being damaged by lightning.
make a rod for your own backBRITISH
If you make a rod for your own back, you do something which will cause you many problems in the future. You're making a rod for your own back, you know, letting the child into your bed at night. You'll never get her to stay in her own bed now. Note: Verbs such as create are sometimes used instead of make. In a way, the company's success has created a rod for its own back, for the style is copied everywhere. Note: This expression refers to someone providing the stick with which they themselves will be beaten.
spare the rod and spoil the child
People say spare the rod and spoil the child, to mean that if you do not punish a child severely when the child behaves badly, their behaviour will become worse. Kids needed authority figures — spare the rod and spoil the child. Note: People sometimes just say spare the rod. We believe in discipline. We don't spare the rod.
kiss the rodaccept punishment meekly or submissively.
This idiom refers to a former practice of making a child kiss the rod with which it was beaten. It is used by Shakespeare in Two Gentlemen of Verona: ‘How wayward is this foolish love That, like a testy babe, will scratch the nurse And presently all humbled kiss the rod’.
make a rod for your own backdo something likely to cause difficulties for yourself later.
a rod in picklea punishment in store.
In pickle means ‘preserved ready for future use’. This form, which dates from the mid 17th century, has superseded an earlier mid 16th-century variant a rod in piss .
rule someone or something with a rod of ironcontrol or govern someone or something very strictly or harshly.
This expression comes from Psalm 2:9: ‘Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel’.
spare the rod and spoil the childif children are not physically punished when they do wrong their personal development will suffer. proverb
a rod/stick to ˈbeat somebody witha fact, an argument, etc. that is used in order to blame or punish somebody: The results of the national exams this year are being used as another stick to beat teachers with.
make a rod for your own ˈbackdo something which is likely to cause problems for yourself, especially in the future: I think she’s making a rod for her own back by not telling him she’s leaving. When he finds out, there’ll be trouble.
rule (somebody/something) with a rod of ˈiron/with an iron ˈhand(informal) control somebody/something in a very strong or strict way: They ruled the country with an iron hand and anybody who protested was arrested.
ˌspare the ˈrod and ˌspoil the ˈchild(saying) if you do not punish a child for behaving badly, he/she will behave badly in future
n. a car that has been customized for power and speed by the owner. My rod’ll outrun yours any day.
See hot rod
n. someone, something, or an issue that is certain to draw criticism. Why write such a boastful introduction to your book. I will just be a lightning rod for criticism.
1. n. a gun; a revolver. (Underworld.) I got a rod in my pocket. Don’t move.
2. Go to (hot) rod.
n. the crankshaft of an engine. A wrinkle-rod’ll set you back about $199, plus installation charges, of course.