hot dog n.2
1. one who is particularly proficient at an occupation or activity, esp. a successful gambler.
|Billy Baxter’s Letters 34: A Messe de Mariage seems to be some kind of a wedding march, and a bishop who is a real hot dog won’t issue a certificate unless the band plays the Messe.|
|Breaking Into Society (1904) 184: I sometimes suspect that I am not qualified to be a Hot Dog.|
|(con. early 1930s) Harlem Glory (1990) 52: Stop kidding, sweet-back. [...] Can’t I see you’re on easy street, you hot dog.|
|Atlantic Monthly Mar. 131: We had this one player [...] who could hit nine out of ten from the foul line with his back to the basket. He was a real hot dog.|
|Killshot 49: They’re hot dogs. They beat out-of-shape business men all year for a chance to play each other.|
|Double Whammy (1990) 31: They [i.e. professional anglers] sound like hot dogs, Ott. I just want to relax.|
2. a show-off.
|DN II:i 42: hot-dog, n. A conceited person.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1966) 97: They have to design a car they can sell to the farmer in Kansas as well as the hot dog in Hollywood.|
|(con. 1969) Grunts 99: Can you believe it – some hot dog up on a pallet with his shirt off, actually trying to get a fucking suntan.|
|Glitter Dome (1982) 134: A trio of black hot dogs in black-on-black with black boots.|
|Night Dogs 22: [of police] They were the troublemakers, hot dogs, bad boys, adrenalin junkies back from Vietnam.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 250: Manny Rubert. That arrogant . . . hot dog!|
3. in ironic use, an unpleasant or incompetent person.
|CUSS 139: Hot dog An obnoxious person.et al.|
|Choirboys (1976) 31: Like most hotdogs he wore his cap tipped forward until the brim almost touched his nose.|
4. something exciting, amusing.
|On the Yard (2002) 139: Whenever he started a new one [i.e. book] he’d say, ‘This is a real hotdog—’ and give an involved description of the plot.|