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Idiom: Hot air #1 (permalink) Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:00 am   Idiom: Hot air
 

English Idioms and Expressions, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #19 "Hot expressions", question 1

They just sit around, discuss nothing in particular and just produce a lot of hot air.

(a) dry heat
(b) funny remarks
(c) empty talk
(d) simple facts

English Idioms and Expressions, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #19 "Hot expressions", answer 1

They just sit around, discuss nothing in particular and just produce empty talk.

Correct answer: (c) empty talk
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Idiom: Hot air #2 (permalink) Fri Sep 08, 2006 16:21 pm   Idiom: Hot air
 

Hi J. Carter

"Hot air" is an idiom meaning empty, exaggerated, or pretentious talk (or writing).

Although he spoke for 30 minutes, we learned nothing new. His entire speech was just a lot of hot air.
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Idiom: Hot air #3 (permalink) Fri Sep 08, 2006 22:54 pm   Idiom: Hot air
 

He talked a lot, a great deal, but said nothing. Just a lot of hot air.

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Idiom: Hot air #4 (permalink) Sat Sep 09, 2006 8:41 am   Idiom: Hot air
 

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...Just a lot of hot air... came out of his mouth.
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Idiom: Hot air #5 (permalink) Sat Sep 09, 2006 16:21 pm   Idiom: Hot air
 

Mister Micawber wrote:
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...Just a lot of hot air... came out of his mouth.
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Oh!

Only now do I see the connection between saying something and hot air. Thanks MM!

And to think that I associated the idiom with balloons!
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