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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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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.