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hot dog. (show-off) (noun) 1. A grandstander. 2. One who gloats in front of the losers.reference 1

(verb) To perform daring or dangerous stunts or ostentatious maneuvers, as while flying, skiing, or surfing.

In many contexts, being a hotdog is pejorative. Baseball players who are hotdogs are often seen as showing up the opposition. And in flying, while many pilots push the envelope, in the phrase that Tom Wolfe made well-known, it is seen as unwarranted risk taking, as with Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun. As an informal U.S. Air Force motto goes, “There are bold pilots and there are old pilots, but there are no old bold pilots.”reference 2

A variation is hog dogging, showing off.reference 3

 

1. Safire, William. 1984. Tapetalk. New York Times Magazine, Jan 22. Accessed May 27 2008 1984 from http:// select.nytimes.com/ search/ restricted/ article?res= FB0D16F6355C0C 718EDDA80894DC 484D81.

2. Grasselli, A A. 2004. Old and Bold. Wings of Gold (Summer). Accessed Apr 22 2008 from http:// www. findarticles.com/ p/ articles/ mi_qa3834/ is_200407/ ai_n9429329

3. Barrett, Grant. Nov 72004. Dictionary: Hog Dogging. Double Tongued Dictionary. Accessed Jan 11 2009 from http:// www.doubletongued.org/ index.php/ dictionary/ hog_dogging/.

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