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1Very hot; burning:‘she took a sip of scalding tea’[as submodifier] ‘the water was scalding hot’
extremely hot, burning, blistering, searing, red-hotpiping hotsizzlingView synonyms
- ‘Some were kept in the tubs until they could no longer be revived; others were first chilled and then plunged into scalding water.’
- ‘As reelers, the boys dip their hands into scalding water and palpate the silk cocoons, sensing by touch whether the fine silk threads have loosened enough to be unwound.’
- ‘She grabbed her books and backpack and ran to the bathroom, where she washed her hands three times with scalding hot water, and then once more with rubbing alcohol.’
- ‘I was sitting at a table in the café area, avidly absorbing my latest book, sipping a cup of scalding hot café latte when she welcomed herself into my world.’
- ‘Delilah notices the scalding tea on the floor and sighs, realizing that Tim didn't drink the poison.’
- ‘Some swallow ladles of boiling oil and then spit the scalding liquid onto their captive audience; others insert red-hot implements from the fire into their mouths.’
- ‘It's less fun to toss things because scalding hot oil usually ends up on your tender forearms.’
- ‘Chickens destined for the oven are intentionally kept alive while their throats are slit and they're dragged through a scalding tank to make plucking easier.’
- ‘He swore he heard the splash sizzle as the scalding liquid seared her hand.’
- ‘Sitting in a scalding hot bath with naked strangers sounds more like punishment than a popular pastime.’
- ‘She had ‘dreadful burns undoubtedly caused by scalding water’, he said.’
- ‘The city's worth a visit for that alone - three scoops of high-roast ground Cuban coffee to a trickle of scalding water, served in sugary shot measures that simply electrify the system.’
- ‘A pizza-dough pasty, with a doughnut consistency, envelops a scalding hot tomato and melted mozzarella interior.’
- ‘In the sixth century, it was common for competitors for the truth to dip their arms in scalding water to prove - by divine protection - the worth of their claims.’
- ‘He is also accused of indecently assaulting a second man while he and a female colleague bathed him and holding the hand of another disabled patient under a scalding hot tap to prove to his colleague it would make him run away.’
- ‘Fortunately, Fay saves me from answering by handing me a scalding hot mug, filled with suspiciously dark looking tea.’
- ‘John entered the bathroom and turned to sink on to hot, placing his hands under the scalding water.’
- ‘On the day Waterford never came out of the traps and never produced a resemblance of the form that had seen them make it to this juncture, on a scalding hot day in Limerick in front of a great Waterford crowd.’
- ‘A year later came the infamous episode when she seriously burned her feet by stepping into a scalding hot bath - again while in Mustique.’
- ‘Our drill instructors will punch you in the throat if your shoe is untied, then you will have to run up a mountain with two sacks full of scalding hot sauna rocks tied to your bare chest.’
- 1.1 Intense and painful or distressing:‘a scalding tirade of abuse’
- ‘A scalding pain lanced through her body like a fiery, hot poker.’
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