One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chiefly with capital initials. = hot cockles.
2North American Sport (chiefly Basketball). Chiefly with the. The (temporary) ability to play skilfully or successfully; a spell of this, a winning streak. Also in extended use. Frequently in "to get (also have,etc.) the hot hand".
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Merry's Museum. From hot + hand.
hot hand/ˌhɒt ˈhand/
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