Definition of blow hot and cold in English:

blow hot and cold


  • Alternate inconsistently between two moods, attitudes, or courses of action.

    ‘he had behaved badly, stringing her along, blowing hot and cold’
    • ‘Put simply, they blow hot and cold too much to be treated as serious title contenders.’
    • ‘The young apprentices are obviously going to blow hot and cold.’
    • ‘He has got his own problems, blows hot and cold, steals her ideas, dumps her, sleeps with his employer.’
    • ‘But the point here is we cannot blow hot and cold on crime. It's either we stand up for law and order and justice, or we buckle under the crime wave.’
    • ‘Lamb reflects: ‘We've a tendency to blow hot and cold.’’
    • ‘He blows hot and cold, more cold than hot it must be said, and he let his side down on Sunday.’
    • ‘This is one of many issues on which teacher unions blow hot and cold.’
    • ‘Damien can blow hot and cold at times but when he is on form, he can cause anyone problems.’
    • ‘Enough with the blowing hot and cold about extreme weather.’
    • ‘You blow hot and cold, and while you normally endeavor on the side of goodness and truth, you have a massive mean streak which is not to be taken lightly.’
    • ‘Was this the same player, Liverpool fans asked, who often blew hot and cold at Anfield?’
    • ‘Mark you, the Americans are blowing hot and cold.’
    • ‘Mellberg admitted: ‘I can't really explain why we blow hot and cold, and we do need to be more consistent if we want to secure a European place.’
    • ‘As black critics noted, ‘It is one thing at the south, and another at the north; it blows hot and cold; it sends forth bitter and sweet.’’
    • ‘But shoppers seem to be blowing hot and cold when it come to taking to the town centre streets.’
    • ‘So even when his talent was at last appreciated, he seemed certain to remain an erratic, blowing hot and cold.’
    • ‘This is also the reason why his puppet Prime Minister blows hot and cold in the same breath.’
    • ‘Nutritional scientists are frequently accused of blowing hot and cold.’
    • ‘In the process of courtship, the approach that would make you feel irresistible is moods-swing, blow hot and cold in love, vacillate.’
    • ‘‘Strikers are more vulnerable to blowing hot and cold than players in any other position,’ acknowledges the manager.’
    vacillate, keep changing one's mind, dither, shilly-shally, oscillate, waver, be indecisive, be irresolute, be undecided, be uncertain, be unsure, hesitate
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