hot dog

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  • adjective
    (written as hot-dog)
    (someone or something) outstanding, spectacular and/or successful. The term is used as an exclamation, showing amazement and approval, but when applied to people may often indicate envy or disapproval.
  • noun
    (written as hot-dog)
    (someone or something) outstanding, spectacular and/or successful. The term is used as an exclamation, showing amazement and approval, but when applied to people may often indicate envy or disapproval.
  • verb
    (written as hot-dog)
    to perform spectacularly and brilliantly and/or to show off. The term is applied especially in sports’ contexts (the sport of stunt skiing, e.g., is known as ‘hot-dogging’), or to high-achieving students.

Travel

  • noun a snack made of a hot frankfurter sausage in a long bun

Origin & History of “hot dog”

this term for a cooked sausage or frankfurter in a bun has its origins in the mid-19th-century use of dog as an American slang term for a sausage (perhaps an allusion to the sausage’s often dubious contents). By the 1890s hot dog was Yale university slang for a cooked sausage bought at a fast-food stall, and by 1900 it was in widespread use for the whole deal, bun and all. since then it has never looked back. (The widely repeated story that the term was invented by the US cartoonist ‘Tad’ Dorgan in the early 1900s is quite untrue.).
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