from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Informal To start the engine of (an automobile, for example) without a key, as by short-circuiting the ignition system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To start an automobile engine by bypassing the ignition key wiring
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to start (a car) by using a wire instead of a key, as when stealing the car; the wire is connected to points in the ignition circuit that bypass the key.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. start (a car engine) without a key by bypassing the ignition interlock
hot (referring to electrical current) + wire (Wiktionary)