from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A frankfurter, especially one served hot in a long soft roll.
  • noun Slang One who performs showy, often dangerous stunts, as in skiing or surfing.
  • interjection Used to express delight or enthusiasm.

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  • interjection An expression of delight or enthusiasm
  • interjection An expression of disappointment
  • noun A food consisting of a frankfurter, or wiener, in a bread roll, usually served with ketchup, mustard, relish, etc.
  • noun A sausage of the type used as a general ingredient in sense 1 (above).
  • noun A show-off or daredevil, especially in such sports as surfing, skateboarding, or skiing.
  • noun New Zealand A battered, deep-fried sausage or saveloy on a stick.
  • verb intransitive, slang To perform a dangerous or difficult act or stunt as a display of skill or daring.

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  • noun a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll
  • noun someone who performs dangerous stunts to attract attention to himself
  • noun a frankfurter served hot on a bun


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Originally 19th century slang, from the belief that sausage makers often adulterated sausages with meat from dogs.]

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1894 (US), both the sense of frankfurter in a roll, and of show-off.


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  • There is no fixed specification for hot dog meat, with pork and beef being the most popular ingredients. Less expensive hot dogs typically contain some pork, but are primarily chicken, due to the low cost and availability of mechanically separated chicken. Hot dogs are generally regarded as unhealthy insofar as most have high sodium, fat and nitrate content.


    February 17, 2008

  • Usage here.

    October 23, 2008