One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of water) hot, but not too hot to put one's hands into.
- ‘And the chip is cool - not even hand-hot in operation.’
- ‘Next, check the care labels to see if the clothes need washing in cold or hand-hot water and whether there are instructions about detergent type.’
- ‘In accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, it was treated with water (for example 30 minutes in hand-hot water) and stuffed.’
- ‘Gently wipe away all traces of the cleansing lotion with a flannel wrung out in hand-hot water, rinsing at least twice more in hot water.’
- ‘If using dried yeast, sprinkle it on to the hand-hot water with the sugar and leave in a warm place for 15 minutes until frothy.’
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