Definition of hot in US English:


adjectivehotter, hottest

  • 1Having a high degree of heat or a high temperature.

    ‘it was hot inside the hall’
    ‘basking under a hot sun’
    • ‘The sea water temperature is a warm 37 degrees - hot enough for a bath!’
    • ‘I went out because I was so tired and thirsty, plus the hall inside was very hot and humid.’
    • ‘Usually, by now, many of us are starting to feel the tiring effects of the hot summer sun.’
    • ‘Crops were really showing the stress of the extremely hot temperatures and dry conditions all of last week.’
    • ‘Swimsuits tend to be more flattering than two-pieces, but they can get too hot in high temperatures.’
    • ‘Hopefully the temperatures won't be as hot as last year which should make climbing the Tor a little less traumatic.’
    • ‘The temperature often topped 50 degrees celsius and the hot thermal winds blew with unbelievable ferocity.’
    • ‘She stepped into the hot bath and enjoyed the sensation of the warm water soaking into her aching bones.’
    • ‘The next morning felt almost hot when the temperature soared to 21°F, with only a faint wisp of a breeze.’
    • ‘The summer months are hot with daytime temperatures in the low to mid 90's, but the winters are mild.’
    • ‘The hot summer sun will scorch your lawn if you cut it too low.’
    • ‘Whisk the tempered mixture into the hot milk mixture and place over medium heat.’
    • ‘Springtime is always welcome in Sacramento, but summertime can be uncomfortably hot.’
    • ‘The air was cool at first but as the day wore on, became increasingly hot and uncomfortable.’
    • ‘Everyone there was dressed for the hot summer sun, in bathing suits and oversized T-shirts.’
    • ‘Stockings can be uncomfortable, especially in hot weather.’
    • ‘But my child is only young, and is unable to apply lotion or cream properly and regularly in order to be protected from the sun on a hot summer day.’
    • ‘The desert was hot, and the temperature was never less than ninety degrees during the day.’
    • ‘On holiday in Tenerife, he opted to run in the hot sun in a bid to get used to the temperatures he will face in Africa.’
    • ‘The time to start this project is when the weather is sunny and hot - 80 degrees or more.’
    very warm, balmy, summery, tropical, boiling, boiling hot, blazing hot, baking, scorching, roasting, searing, flaming, parching, blistering, oven-like
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    1. 1.1 Feeling or producing an uncomfortable sensation of heat.
      ‘she felt hot and her throat was parched’
      • ‘A hot flash is experienced as a warm or hot sensation that often begins at the top of the head and progresses toward the feet.’
      • ‘She became uncomfortably hot and removed clothing without stopping.’
      • ‘The train is not full because, due to the delays, it is now past rush hour but the carriage I sit in is uncomfortably hot and stuffy.’
      • ‘No matter what she did, after about a half hour, she began to be uncomfortably hot.’
      • ‘There it was again - the same overwhelming, hot sensation that he felt earlier.’
      • ‘It makes you hot, sweaty, thirsty and uncomfortable and too much of it gives you cancer.’
      • ‘But it was one of those days when his throat was hot and dry, and his eyes burned.’
      • ‘He stood up, finding that the sun was making him very hot, a sensation that Adam preferred to live without.’
      • ‘Dr Kelly ‘looked very uncomfortable, very hot, very stressed’ at the hearing, according to his wife.’
      • ‘I was in a packed carriage and it was hot and uncomfortable and I was jostling for space with other irritated passengers, all wishing they had a seat.’
      • ‘My back is sore, my clothes are hot and uncomfortable and I feel that I really must find a place to wash my face or I will die.’
      • ‘The sun beat upon her dark hair, making the rest of her head hot and uncomfortable.’
      • ‘People are still talking about how hot and uncomfortable the first venue was!’
      • ‘Bryan tittered nervously, and the two men sat in a very uncomfortable hot silence.’
      • ‘Initially, we first went to sit down at another table but found it uncomfortably hot.’
      • ‘I don't think it did him any great harm, but he did seem quite uncomfortable, hot, and fussy afterwards.’
      • ‘Even the word makes me feel itchy and hot and uncomfortable.’
      • ‘I thought and felt the hot, stinging sensation of tears behind my eyes, but I held them back.’
      • ‘Freyen felt himself grow hot, and slightly uncomfortable, under the laughter of the children around him.’
      • ‘We honestly hate wearing these hot uncomfortable uniforms that were not made for your climate.’
      feverish, fevered, febrile, burning, flushed
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    2. 1.2 (of food or drink) prepared by heating and served without cooling.
      • ‘It eased her mind and her spirit to prepare hot food for her family, to ready them for the day ahead.’
      • ‘When they returned home, there were mince pies and hot drinks for everyone.’
      • ‘He drank some hot coffee, ate three sandwiches, and had a quart of beer.’
      • ‘My scream was reduced to a gurgle as someone poured hot liquid down my throat.’
      • ‘Very hot drinks and spicy food can increase pain and bleeding and should be avoided until the gum has healed.’
      • ‘They walked side by side into the house and then to the kitchen to drink some hot tea.’
      • ‘I was smart enough this time to wait for my hot chocolate to cool a bit before drinking it.’
      • ‘A simple meal of soup, bread and cheese, followed by a hot drink, is served and a basket is available for voluntary donations as you leave.’
      • ‘Marie was surprised to find that Natasa was sitting at the table drinking hot tea and it was Lucio at the stove cooking breakfast.’
      • ‘Guiromélans realizes that tonight will be their first taste of hot food since he joined their crew.’
      • ‘A live food counter would serve hot dosas and appams prepared right in front of your eyes.’
      • ‘Combine oil, vinegar, garlic and salt and pepper to taste; pour over hot beans.’
      • ‘Eat plenty of hot food, drink lots of soup and tea; hypothermia is a very real danger that can come on very quickly with few telltale signs.’
      • ‘With the facilities open daily, young people will be able to get soft drinks, hot beverages and snacks.’
      • ‘It was perhaps the quickest I had ever prepared a hot drink, and it was in under a minute.’
      • ‘Late night eateries will have to secure a license before dishing up hot food to hungry revellers as part of a major shake-up of licensing laws.’
      • ‘Thousands of people had spent the night in their cars, as firefighters distributed hot soup and food.’
      • ‘An hour later the three were chatting over hot chocolate in the small cafe that served hot drinks and food to skaters.’
      • ‘I drink my hot chocolate - they serve the real stuff on these trains - and sneer inwardly at them.’
      • ‘This is followed by a light meal of bread, fried plantains, or fried dumplings and a hot drink early in the evening.’
      heated, piping, piping hot, sizzling, steaming, roasting, boiling, boiling hot, searing, scorching, scalding, red-hot
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    3. 1.3informal (of an electric circuit) at a high voltage; live.
      • ‘The rectifiers are fully redundant and hot pluggable for replacement or maintenance without any down time.’
      • ‘Locating a capacitor near a hot transistor, resistor or IC will shorten its life span to a couple of years.’
      • ‘Chipmakers are constantly battling to ensure that their electronic chips don't run too hot.’
      electrified, charged, powered, connected, active, switched on
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    4. 1.4informal Radioactive.
      • ‘It is so hot and radioactive that the miners use remote control equipment.’
  • 2(of food) containing or consisting of pungent spices or peppers which produce a burning sensation when tasted.

    ‘a very hot dish cooked with green chili’
    • ‘It has a slightly peppery taste which accounts for its being named after the hot cayenne pepper.’
    • ‘The flavour of garlic is well known for its hot, dry pungent taste, savoured in the cuisine of many cultures.’
    • ‘Smoke was rising from the barbecue and the special mustard for the frying sausage was really hot and spicy.’
    • ‘Generally, Thai food is hot and spicy but is also sweet and sour.’
    • ‘Very occasionally, the fish was cooked in a hot sauce.’
    • ‘The green peppers make a fruity hot sauce, while the ripe ones make a superlative red sauce similar to Tabasco.’
    • ‘Everyone has his or her favorite hot sauce or special spicy dish, and truly, the heat can be addictive.’
    • ‘Mix well to combine; season to taste with black pepper, hot sauce and sugar.’
    • ‘Four of them had never been in Thailand before, but they all like the place and they even dared to taste the hot Thai food.’
    • ‘The berbere is a hot sauce of cayenne pepper and twelve other spices.’
    • ‘Pakistani dishes are often made with yogurt, which reduces the effect of the hot spices used in cooking.’
    • ‘Outside it's crayfish season, so the restaurants were all selling these, cooked in a hot curry sauce.’
    • ‘When we do see him eat out it is often at a Mexican take-out, where quantities of hot sauce disguise the taste.’
    • ‘A Jamaican speciality, jerk pork is rubbed in hot spices and cooked over pimento wood to impart a memorable flavour.’
    • ‘I think it has a lot more kick and tastes even better with hot cherry peppers instead.’
    • ‘It is not surprising therefore that the sensation caused by hot chilli peppers so closely resembles physical heat.’
    • ‘Do not add the hot pepper unless everyone loves spicy hot food.’
    • ‘Its foods are hot, spicy, or bitter, and its plants are prickly, sharp, or stinging.’
    • ‘On the other hand, South Indian food is traditionally hot and spicy, with a bit of gravy and lots of flavouring.’
    • ‘Some hot spicy dishes contain so much chilli that you can't taste a damn thing.’
    spicy, spiced, peppery, piquant, highly seasoned, sharp, fiery, strong, pungent, aromatic
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  • 3Passionately enthusiastic, eager, or excited.

    ‘the idea had been nurtured in his hot imagination’
    • ‘All I felt was frustration and anger and hot emotions roiling through me.’
    • ‘His eyes were wide, and Egewe sensed the hot miasma of emotions that the boy was emitting.’
    angry, indignant, furious, fiery, seething, raging, boiling, fuming
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    1. 3.1 Lustful, amorous, or erotic.
      ‘steamy bed scenes that may be too hot for young fans’
      • ‘I felt my lips being crushed and a hot passionate kiss spread over my glossy lips.’
      • ‘It is pretty uneventful except for introducing the new characters - Rachel and her dad, Alex, who is hot for Susan.’
      • ‘Jas was all hot for Jeremy and there was nothing I could do so why trouble myself?’
      • ‘Amanda could almost smell his cologne and it made her feel very hot for him.’
      • ‘Lehman also points out a bit of censorship when one line proved too hot for the dialogue track, though it's there for lip-readers.’
      • ‘They had been so hot for each other, beginning to date right after her graduation from high school.’
      • ‘Jeremy is chatting up the hot American girl who lives in the next apartment.’
      • ‘Mikey felt himself getting rather hot from this excitement, and both the girls could see it.’
      • ‘One of the reasons why I'm still hot for him: we've been talking dirty all the way back home.’
      • ‘I have a hard time believing if she shed 40 pounds you'd suddenly be hot for her.’
      • ‘The market is hot for Hollywood extravaganzas that fill screens at multiplexes.’
      • ‘He kissed her, it seemed simple and loving to the eye but it was a hot kiss with more emotion then either thought possible.’
      • ‘Instead I find myself thinking about hot, sweaty and passionate sex.’
      • ‘The truth is, even if they were dog-ugly I'd still be kind of hot for them.’
      • ‘Some, like Will Ferrell's cameo as a prisoner who's hot for Hutch, work because they're just a tad weird.’
      • ‘This works especially well with members of the opposite gender, since it makes them intensely hot for you.’
      • ‘Same goes for your big brother, who I remember as being hot for 16 year old girls.’
      • ‘He kept asking me to come over to his dorm for hot passion and the time of my life.’
      • ‘Even at the tender age of twelve I had a fine understanding of the ways of women and could tell the only reason she was so worked up was she was hot for me.’
      • ‘It wasn't hot and passionate - just a quick, sweet kiss that warmed me to the center of my being.’
      lustful, lecherous, lascivious, lewd, carnal
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    2. 3.2 (of music, especially jazz) strongly rhythmical and excitingly played.
      ‘hot salsa and lambada dancing’
      • ‘Also I am dj-ing at Ding Dong Lounge tonight if you want to come and hear the hot music.’
      • ‘The music was hot, but the proficiency of the musicians was eye popping.’
      • ‘There is a devilment to the playing, an almost improvisatory approach that derived from Lipatti's private passion for hot jazz.’
      • ‘Brawling was an every night occurrence in the early jazz clubs - hot music and cold booze can be a volatile combo.’
      • ‘How stupid must Ian Gillan have felt that his first album with his hot new band excludes him almost completely?’
      • ‘Alastair leads the confused Miguel into a warehouse that was playing some hot jazz.’
      • ‘Ska Cubano bring hot Cuban rhythms and Ska together in this big band musical extravaganza.’
      • ‘Their music is firmly rooted in the Irish tradition but also encompasses an unusual blend of hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque.’
      • ‘We see it as continuing to do our thing, and trying to make hot music.’
      • ‘Arriving at the club Cameron and Allison at once hopped onto the dance floor to dance to a hot techno song.’
      • ‘The Other Side Of The Bed is like a hot salsa antidote to all those cornball American musicals.’
      • ‘The film version of the Fred Ebb musical pulses with the rhythm of sweaty, backroom sex and hot jazz in 1920s Chicago.’
      • ‘You know the Upstairs bar that's really downstairs, the cool place with the hot jazz?’
      • ‘Their guitars hammer away like sledges to anvils while the rhythm section is hot enough to melt steel!’
      • ‘We have most of their album recorded and mixed, but we're looking for the hot single.’
      • ‘Everything was good, the music was hot, and she and Jae were by far the hottest things on the floor.’
      • ‘Instead, it's a collection of riffs strung together, with some hot guitar playing.’
      • ‘If Manhattan is a blast of hot jazz, Fairchild and his pilots recorded the entire, shifting, American symphony.’
      • ‘Expect a swinging evening of sparkling interaction and some hot jazz standards.’
      • ‘The music is hot and skanky (in a good way, of course) and accessible to all audiences.’
  • 4informal Involving much activity, debate, or intense feeling.

    ‘the environment has become a very hot issue’
    • ‘Both were criminally charged amid hot debate over whether the female officer should be punished in such a situation.’
    • ‘The whole creationism versus evolution debate is so hot here.’
    • ‘Putting humor to such politically hot and contentious issues is the best way to keep them in perspective.’
    • ‘A Vancouver study shows why day care remains a hot campaign issue.’
    • ‘So what's so hot about the hackability, and is that even a word you ask?’
    • ‘These used to be the sites of hot political and literary debate.’
    • ‘It is a still a point of hot debate with skiers as to whether Les Arcs is a work of architectural genius, or simply a hideous alpine eyesore.’
    • ‘The circumstances of his death are an issue of hot dispute.’
    • ‘Obviously that's a hot debate that I'm just beginning to get into.’
    • ‘A scheduling meeting, followed by a brainstorming session about some ideas for a hot new series.’
    • ‘I understand that when an issue becomes hot it has to get overdone by politicians and other groups in this country.’
    • ‘The disaster occurred in the middle of the federal election campaign and quickly became a hot political issue.’
    • ‘The problem became a hot election issue, with cleaner hospitals a key manifesto pledge by the Conservative Party.’
    • ‘Simple as the question looks, it has become the centre of a hot debate between some local officials and scholars.’
    • ‘And there's no doubt that this hot debate on consciousness will continue.’
    • ‘There is absolutely no denying that competition in this arena is burning hot.’
    • ‘It usually appeared weeks or months after the accident, and was the subject of hot debate.’
    • ‘Although electronic security is a hot new market sector for many firms, others have been at it for a long time.’
    • ‘But of late the hot debate is why many women are choosing not to marry and others are opting for the union later in life.’
    animated, heated, fierce, lively, intense, passionate, impassioned, spirited, ardent, fervent, feverish
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    1. 4.1 (especially of news) fresh or recent and therefore of great interest.
      ‘have I got some hot gossip for you!’
      • ‘The thing that used to kill me, when there were hot news events going on, especially campaigns, was the lead time.’
      • ‘The stories were hot topics for major news outlets and bloggers, due to the companies involved and the massive number of compromised records.’
      • ‘But the nine o'clock news needs something now, while the news is still hot.’
      • ‘Since The Mac Weekly story hit the presses, the issue has become a hot topic both on and off campus.’
      • ‘He sells papers, leads the evening news, and is the hot topic on talk shows.’
      • ‘Its new interface is designed around the idea of social networking, a recent hot topic on the Internet.’
      • ‘The real question for industry watchers to be looking at is whose sad story will be the hot topic throughout the fall?’
      • ‘Given the growing interest on Capitol Hill, the hot topic at the conference was reform of the patent system.’
      • ‘And it was only days ago the prospect of aiming for Mars again was hot news.’
      • ‘We'll be talking about the hot news items of the week, and we'll have a solidly conservative perspective.’
      • ‘What is hot news this month in the U.S.A. is a five-year-old story to the rest of the world.’
      • ‘Brunswick omits any reference to the date of the event so that it's unclear his story is not exactly hot news.’
      • ‘I've spent the weekend with The Girl, which is hardly hot news I know.’
      • ‘Disasters can be always hot news no matter where they happen.’
      • ‘Usually at CES, one or two hot new mobile electronics aftermarket products stand out.’
      • ‘Yet the formal inquiry dragged on for a week and became the latest hot topic for talkback radio and office gossip.’
      • ‘Judging by the news and links on its sites, this is a hot topic for the industry, bureaucrats and research organisations.’
      • ‘It was a moment that shocked Britain; that made a tedious election campaign the hot topic of all our gossip.’
      • ‘Once it died down, and I ceased to be hot news, I was stranded in this catastrophic place.’
      • ‘Of course, it doesn't take a psychic to know that defense and security are hot right now.’
      • ‘Outsourcing may be a hot topic in the news, but the practice is as old as computers themselves.’
      new, fresh, recent, late, up to date, up to the minute
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    2. 4.2 Currently popular, fashionable, or in demand.
      ‘they know the hottest dance moves’
      • ‘The afternoon was spent checking out Gangnam, which is apparently the hot place to live in Seoul.’
      • ‘I was shocked to see fur listed as a hot fashion item, not once, but several times.’
      • ‘Buying clothing is not like shopping around for the latest electronic gadget or a hot set of wheels.’
      • ‘Tucker Carlson, the feisty co-host of The Spin Room, is also seen by some as a hot commodity.’
      • ‘And that's why the hot new thing in popular music is the good old sound of heritage rock.’
      • ‘He used to be more ridiculed than respected, now his Che Guevara T-shirts are hot fashion items.’
      • ‘Haver said to expect the rocker and biker look to be hot for party-goers.’
      • ‘So, anyway, I can exclusively report my hot surf fashion tips.’
      • ‘Trousers and trouser suits were hot fashion in the early 1970s and everyone tried to make them their own.’
      • ‘It is a chance for customers to see what's hot for this season.’
      • ‘The USB flash drive has become a hot product in the past few years, thanks to dropping prices and sheer convenience.’
      • ‘In 12 months' time, the event will be staged again, and four more hopefuls will vie for the title of hot new fashion star.’
      • ‘The only way I know what TV shows are currently hot is by reading about them in magazines and such.’
      • ‘According to the Mainichi Daily News this hot new taste sensation is set to take Japan by storm next month.’
      • ‘In my opinion, if you have something hot, price it more; otherwise, price it less.’
      • ‘At any moment, one can look at eBay to get a real-time reading on what's hot.’
      • ‘But in Jing'an Park, Dior was presenting hot fashion for the coming spring and summer.’
      • ‘Your home may not look like a castle, but if you live in a hot real estate market, people will pay a king's ransom to buy it.’
      • ‘Plus we got some hot new Electric sunglasses, and Web took me to surf Trestles three days straight.’
      • ‘Using these as a guide, we've done our own bit of research as to whether York as a place to live is hot or not.’
      popular, in demand, sought-after, in favour, well liked, well loved
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    3. 4.3 (of a person) sexually attractive.
      ‘a hot chick’
      • ‘Sure, she's hot, but so are 75% of the under-30 actresses floating around in Hollywood.’
      • ‘Its worth seeing the film, as Kevin is so hot!’
      • ‘She may be totally hot but she's always been a little on the mean side.’
      • ‘I find myself distracted by a cornucopia of seriously hot women in Washington, women of various ages and ethnicities and body types who seem disproportionately alluring to me.’
      • ‘He's one of the hottest guys in school.’
      • ‘We stood outside in line for close to an hour and eventually got to talking to two incredibly hot girls standing next to us.’
      • ‘It has everything that makes a spy show great; hot chicks, nifty gadgets, and cliffhanger endings.’
      • ‘Jeremy is chatting up the hot American girl who lives in the next apartment.’
      • ‘People are a lot friendlier there than say, Paris, and the chicks are just as hot.’
      • ‘Coming toward me, walking so close to Jake they seemed joined at the hip, was the hottest woman I had ever seen.’
      • ‘How come Katie gets all the hot guys?’
      sexually attractive, seductive, desirable, alluring, inviting, sensual, sultry, slinky, provocative, tempting, tantalizing
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    4. 4.4Hunting (of the scent) fresh and strong, indicating that the quarry has passed recently.
      • ‘Once picking up hot scent, he bores in and busts birds out of the cover to provide the gun a shot.’
      • ‘In a moment they raised a loud clamor, announcing that the scent was hot.’
    5. 4.5predicative (in children's games) very close to finding or guessing something.
  • 5informal Knowledgeable or skillful.

    ‘Tony is very hot on local history’
    • ‘The purveyor of fine art, who also makes an honest buck with cartoons and wacky drawings, is hot on humour.’
    • ‘They're great at scaring us with how much we pay into Europe, not so hot on telling us what we get out of it.’
    • ‘But then our Johann isn't so hot on the maths, even at the best of times.’
    knowledgeable about, well informed about, au fait with, up on, well versed in, au courant with
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    1. 5.1predicative, usually with negative Good; promising.
      ‘this is not so hot for business’
      • ‘Its demeanour is that of the same old story as they have once again failed to exceed their own limitations, making it a must for fans but not so hot for the rest of us.’
      • ‘And while iMode may be fine for targeting kids and consumers, it's not so hot for business.’
      • ‘I'm not too hot with electronics, so I managed to enlist my brother to sort the circuits out for me.’
      • ‘Maybe putting all of Brian's and Freddie's songs all by themselves on their own album sides wasn't such a hot idea.’
      • ‘Contreras and Hernandez don't look so hot on paper, but they've been able to get the outs they need when they need them.’
    2. 5.2hot onpredicative Considering (something) as very important; strict about.
      ‘local customs officers are hot on confiscations’
      • ‘And since the Department of Public Prosecutions are so hot on prosecuting hatred and bigotry, let me point out an example to them.’
      • ‘What about that book which a lot of the survivalists are so hot on?’
      • ‘Unlike their high street namesakes however, fund supermarkets are not always so hot on choice or price.’
      • ‘Referee Nigel Owens was hot on this to begin with, and the Borders played accordingly.’
      • ‘Surely, when the Government is supposed to be so hot on the rights of the child, taking away this invaluable service is putting more children at risk.’
  • 6informal Difficult to deal with.

    ‘he found my story simply too hot to handle’
    • ‘At times, things got a little hot for the celebrities and teachers jumped out of their standby mode.’
    • ‘McCusker, Gray, and McEvoy were proving too hot to handle, Derry found fouling the only way to stop them.’
    • ‘Some people, of course, might find it too hot to handle.’
    • ‘Pakistan needing nine runs from the final over found Nehra too hot to handle, managing just three runs.’
    • ‘Even with four firemen in their squad, Hoylake simply found him too hot to handle.’
    • ‘Five African elephants will be re-homed in France because they have become too hot to handle.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, unlike cutting taxes, cutting spending is a task that even the most fearless of politicians usually finds too hot to handle.’
    • ‘But if entering the supermarket fray is too hot to handle, let's make a simple suggestion.’
    • ‘It was broken by airplay from pirate station Radio Caroline, the Beeb deciding it was a little too hot to handle.’
    • ‘Freda Metcalfe and Roz Kerr targeted the big scores for division one champions Brigadier as Ox found them too hot to handle.’
    • ‘The pensioner said she was delighted by the return of the animal and suspects it was because Ellie May proved too hot for the thieves to handle.’
    • ‘They played at pace, a pace too hot for the visitors to handle.’
    • ‘By November the Teso area had become too hot for the rebels and most of them fled.’
    • ‘Out on the roads round Rivington, near Bolton, York's Charly Wegelius once again found the Aussies too hot to handle.’
    • ‘Australia found the target of six runs an over too hot to handle, slipping from 102 for one to 136 for seven in less than nine overs.’
    • ‘The super Saint proved to be too hot to handle for the Darwen defence as he hit them for a treble.’
    • ‘Shane Coogan's free proved too hot to handle and Philip Roche was quickest to react and he prodded the ball home.’
    • ‘Cygnet's captain Angela Powell led from the front as Leeman found them too hot to handle.’
    1. 6.1 (of goods) stolen and difficult to dispose of because easily identifiable.
      • ‘Police decided to publicise the robbery as much as possible in an effort to make the paintings too hot to handle.’
      • ‘The situation goes from bad to worse after they find a way to dispose of the hot merchandise.’
      • ‘One theory is that the painting may have been too hot to handle after it was stolen and was either taken abroad or destroyed.’
      • ‘In those first vital hours, the police decided to publicise the raid as much as possible in a bid to make the stolen pictures too hot to handle.’
      stolen, illegally obtained, under the counter, illegal, illicit, unlawful, smuggled, bootleg, contraband
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    2. 6.2 (of a person) wanted by the police.

verbhotted, hotting, hots

hot something up" or "hot up
  • 1Become or make hot.

    with object ‘he hotted up the flask in Daisy's hand’
    • ‘With a general election not far off, and the battle for votes hotting up, Tories have claimed that soaring council tax bills in York have snatched back up to 40 per cent of state pension increases since Tony Blair came to power.’
    • ‘The prisoners have been hotting up the place non-stop!’
    • ‘Yes, things are hotting up here (not physically).’
    • ‘While the action hots up in South Africa for the ICC World Cup, Kirkets is whipping up the passion of Indian cricket fans.’
    • ‘Competition for the young pound is hotting up despite the disappointingly slow start to the government's child trust fund scheme.’
    • ‘The temperature of a warm evening hotted up on the field too with David Tiernan and Kevin Browne in the thick on the action both receiving yellow cards on seven minutes.’
    • ‘And so as the temperature hots up outside will the summer heat make love blossom, losing the need for mediated dating?’
    • ‘Ethan has returned from the sea, the Fictionsuits are finally full strength, and I think things are going to start hotting up over there at last - though that's my fault as least as much as anyone else's.’
    • ‘The race to join the National One ranks is hotting up with the top six separated by five points, but third-placed Harrogate can scupper sixth-placed Sedgley's hopes with a victory at Park Lane.’
    • ‘With just under a week to go, the battle for the Beverley and Holderness constituency - the most marginal Yorkshire seat for the Tories with a slim 1,211 majority last time - was hotting up.’
    • ‘This year competition between cinema's New Firm is hotting up, with Harry Potter moving into the darker territory which director Peter Jackson's Ring cycle had previously made its own.’
    • ‘Competition for places up front is certainly hotting up now, and I would expect him to be in the squad tonight.’
    • ‘So we've hotted it up a lot and the attitude is far more curt.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for them Del caught them as ‘Gladiator’ Rodney and ‘Police Woman’ Cassandra hotted things up in the flat.’
    • ‘It's as you were in all the five divisions of the Horwath Pulleyn Heselton League as all the leaders won their games on Saturday, but competition for the other promotion places is hotting up.’
    • ‘With the sale ending on Monday, bidding was hotting up yesterday for a chance to own a bit of theatre history, plus a certificate signed by Sir Alan to confirm that the item was used in the production.’
    • ‘The row is hotting up over moves to have Yorkshire County Cricket Club's committee of 12 elected on a first-past-the-post basis instead of the present district representation.’
    • ‘Since then the anticipation quietly simmered, then hotted up to a mighty boil, until last Sunday morning the day finally arrived.’
    • ‘Battle plans to force the Post Office to re-think proposals to shut three Swindon branches are hotting up.’
    • ‘It was hotting up and a Schweinsteiger shot warmed the fingers of Kolinko and then Lahm fired wide after cutting in from the left.’
    • ‘The first division championship race in the Horwath Pulleyn Heselton York Vale League is hotting up but Ovington maintained their lead after beating Stamford Bridge.’
    warm, warm up, heat up, make hot, make warm, raise something's temperature, take the chill off
    become hot, become warm, grow hot, grow warm, become hotter, become warmer, get hotter, get warmer, increase in temperature, rise in temperature
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    1. 1.1 Become or make more active, lively, or exciting.
      no object ‘the championship contest hotted up’
      • ‘With the battle for fourth place hotting up, Liverpool must start finding the net more consistently to avoid such one-sided draws as they managed against Spurs on Saturday when plenty of chances went begging.’
      • ‘Since then the pace has hotted up further with a series of highly successful gigs and festival appearances on both sides of the Atlantic and, less than a year after his Mercury triumph, a follow-up album.’
      • ‘Bookings started in May and the pace hotted up in June.’
      • ‘Junior rugby league action is hotting up in July following the success of the Group One Under 16 side at the NSW Country Championships in Coffs Harbour.’
      • ‘The contest now hots up and votes are vital over the next few weeks as the contestants are whittled down to just two finalists.’
      • ‘The pace of Irish initiatives is gradually hotting up, however.’
      • ‘Yorkshire were today aiming to complete their first double of the season when they took on Somerset as the battle for the Championship hotted up.’
      • ‘Things are starting to hot up as the political parties gear up to contest next June's Local Elections for the three seats to Carlow County Council in the Borris Electoral Area.’
      • ‘The contest for this years Dolores Horkan Memorial Shield is hotting up and after the latest round of fixtures each team has won one game each.’
      • ‘I hope that the house sale here will happen soon but even if it doesn't, the pace of life is going to hot up for a few months and I shall have to make some changes to meet the challenge.’
      brighten up, cheer up, enliven, put some life into, animate, put some spark into, raise someone's spirits, perk up, spice up, ginger up, make lively, wake up, waken up, hearten, gladden, invigorate, give a boost to, rejuvenate, vitalize, restore, revive, refresh, vivify, put some zest into, galvanize, stimulate, stir up, get going
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  • have the hots for

    • informal Be sexually attracted to.

      • ‘He just can't seem to stop mentioning how many girls have the hots for him.’
      • ‘Which is a great wondrous place to be, but ultimately she doesn't have the hots for you.’
      • ‘We were so close almost two years ago, and suddenly, of all the guys she could have the hots for, it's my ex-boyfriend.’
      • ‘Oh, come on, man, we all know who you have the hots for.’
      • ‘‘I saw that freak you have the hots for today,’ she said.’
      • ‘On the other hand, he might have the hots for you, but figure it couldn't be more than a one-night fling because of the distance, and maybe he's not into that.’
      • ‘I've been hanging out with this fellow for about five months now, and although we're officially just friends, I've had the hots for him for months.’
      • ‘They knew we were friendly, a couple even knew I had the hots for her.’
      • ‘Maggie, if you have the hots for Bianca, grow some balls and say so.’
      • ‘I dare you to call up that guy I know you have the hots for, and ask him out.’
      desire, be consumed with desire for, find sexually attractive, find sexy, crave, covet, want, wish for, long for, yearn for, hunger for, thirst for, ache for, burn for, pant for
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  • hot and heavy

    • informal Intense; with intensity.

      ‘the competition became very hot and heavy’
      • ‘There's bound to be a political response, and there has been, hot and heavy, from both sides.’
      • ‘Look, the exchange was going hot and heavy at that point and she was asking about the affidavit and she was asking about lawyers, and then, did you have a relationship?’
      • ‘This Monday was the day and the competition was hot and heavy.’
      • ‘When TV's Wife Swap landed an ultraconservative Texas homemaker in a two-mommy household in Arizona, the homophobia flowed hot and heavy.’
      • ‘As you guys well know, stuff is getting a little hot and heavy down range.’
      • ‘It was just starting to get hot and heavy out there!’
      • ‘I was beginning to think you and Christian were getting all hot and heavy before the party even started!’
      • ‘He said he went back home for a surprise visit and he found his girlfriend getting hot and heavy with his best friend.’
      • ‘Posting there gets hot and heavy during campaign season, and is updated as news or circumstances permit.’
      • ‘Competition was hot and heavy but the Pearl rose to the top.’
  • hot on the heels of

    • Following closely.

      ‘the two new species come hot on the heels of the discovery of the Vu Quang ox’
      • ‘Manchester's success follows hot on the heels of an announcement yesterday that three other outstanding landmarks have been nominated for a top prize.’
      • ‘Following hot on the heels of my electrical outage a week ago, I'm beginning to feel like a third world outpost here in leafy Irvine.’
      • ‘The move follows hot on the heels of two other UK acquisitions by the company in recent weeks.’
      • ‘It also follows hot on the heels of the first Harry Potter movie, which was partly filmed on the North Yorkshire Moors.’
      • ‘Following hot on the heels of their sold out one-off London date, The Dandy Warhols have announced a full UK tour.’
      • ‘The Corsa ECO follows hot on the heels of the Astra ECO 4, which is already proving quite popular in Europe.’
      • ‘In making a name for herself in the football arena, Melissa, a pupil at Hob Moor Junior School, is following hot on the heels of her older brother, Aaron.’
      • ‘The Sunday meeting follows hot on the heels of the recent Ulster Grand National meeting.’
      • ‘This follows hot on the heels of an announcement by Matalan earlier this month that it would occupy a 50,000 sq ft store.’
      • ‘The grant of refugee status was made on the 13 November, following hot on the heels of the judicial review application made four days earlier.’
      close behind, soon after, shortly after, directly after, right after, straight after, immediately after, hard on the heels of, following closely
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  • hot to trot

    • informal Ready and eager to engage in an activity.

      • ‘Young reds from Australia and the Americas are now hot to trot at your local vintner's and, unlike the Nouveau, are promoted all year round.’
      • ‘If IBM is hot to trot on a deal in your shop and you are financing, make IBM give you both options on your deal.’
      • ‘The NSF is just hot to trot on nanotechnology, so I think there's definitely bucks out there.’
      • ‘West footballers sent out a warning sign on Sunday that they are hot to trot for a back to back premiership, when they accounted for ladder leader Pioneer.’
      • ‘According to Alonso's team-mate Jarno Trulli, however, Renault will not be hot to trot in the first part of this North America Grand Prix double.’
      • ‘I think it's an example where some people in the Liberal party have just got very hot to trot on ideological grounds, and are moving forward on that basis without truly understanding what the real impact will be.’
      • ‘How can I make it plain that I'm hot to trot while protecting both of us from embarrassment if the feeling isn't mutual?’
      • ‘Toni takes so long combing and styling her hair that you wonder how she ever got the reputation for being hot to trot.’
      • ‘His client also has a young, beautiful daughter who's hot to trot.’
      • ‘Returning to the Territory they will be hot to trot, but should face some real opposition in the Alice side under the guidance of Roy Arbon.’
      prepared, all set, set, organized, in a fit state, equipped, primed
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  • hot under the collar

    • informal Angry, resentful, or embarrassed.

      • ‘He has already mischievously implied that only hacks get hot under the collar about his revamping of Waugh because ‘Evelyn Waugh was a journalist too, of course, and so the press are protective of him.’’
      • ‘Despite the plethora of boobs, torsos and bottoms displayed in newspapers which like to call themselves respectable, it seems editors still get hot under the collar when it comes to showing genitalia.’
      • ‘On that occasion, in a beer and burger joint somewhere near Terlingua, Papa began to get hot under the collar when a drunk at the bar kept looking at Mother.’
      • ‘With candidates, journalists, activists, police and counters packed into a pokey conference suite opposite the stadium, things were getting a little hot under the collar as results streamed in from across the county.’
      • ‘But while the liberal left world of comedy and satire continue to get hot under the collar about the same old issues, they fail to grasp what's changed over recent years, and the fact that their material no longer hits the mark.’
      • ‘To be honest, I didn't really watch Crossroads during its Seventies heyday, although I do remember getting rather hot under the collar when a post-Gregory's Girl Dee Hepburn joined the cast in 1987.’
      • ‘Now the sight of blacked out windows have got a council hot under the collar because they say lapdancers are putting on ‘private performances’ behind the smokescreen glass.’
      • ‘It takes a lot to get the average accountant hot under the collar, but proposed new global accounting rules have hundreds of Australian bean-counters fuming.’
      • ‘All of a sudden the omnipotent Ondangwa Town Council became hot under the collar and declared that the previous Council's resolutions were unconstitutional.’
      angry, annoyed, furious, irate, infuriated, incensed, enraged, cross, in a temper, irritated, put out, fed up, aggrieved
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  • in hot pursuit

    • Following closely and eagerly.

      • ‘Maraj and Charles continued in hot pursuit and eventually caught up to William near Volney's Gas Station.’
      • ‘They hold a big party in his honour and after his photo gets printed in the paper, the prison guards follow in hot pursuit.’
      • ‘The guy runs off into the roiling crowd, staff in hot pursuit.’
      • ‘The mob however followed in hot pursuit and soon had him pinned down.’
      • ‘I follow in hot pursuit and we manage to get the kite off the ground.’
      • ‘There were reports he had gone inside and to the astonishment of hospital staff, armed police soon followed in hot pursuit.’
      • ‘Allen Shamrock went a couple of lengths clear up the back straight with Lenny's Friend and Dale Inferno in hot pursuit.’
      • ‘Walters followed in hot pursuit before finally catching up with his victim in a traffic jam.’
      • ‘Brave Trooper Joey Doe has no choice but to speed his cruiser in hot pursuit, gunning the engine to dizzying speeds along suburban street.’
      • ‘You see, I've been in hot pursuit of my target for a couple of weeks now.’
  • in hot water

    • informal In a situation of difficulty, trouble, or disgrace.

      ‘he is in hot water for insensitive remarks he made’
      • ‘He's landed in hot water for a T-shirt logo he dreamt up himself, involving a misspelt Irish four-letter word.’
      • ‘Time after time, Jess gets into hot water with her folks and ends up trying to hide the fact she joined a local all-girls football team.’
      • ‘He is already in hot water with party chiefs and under investigation for his ‘wolves’ remarks.’
      • ‘The council also warned homeowners they could be in hot water if builders' rubble on their property is not taken away by a licensed waste carrier.’
      • ‘A drunken festive night out landed a man in hot water after he mistook a police officer on duty for a saucy strip-o-gram.’
      • ‘I just hope that I never become famous, or get into a position of power, because this sort of ranting could land a person in hot water.’
      • ‘A decision to instruct a contractor to hack trees in an amenity area has landed Glusburn Parish Council in hot water.’
      • ‘Remember that hoo-ha last year when two apparently naked dancers landed the Phoenix Dance Company in hot water?’
      • ‘That particular stance landed me in very hot water, very quickly.’
      • ‘The leading Bedford nightclub, the Mission, is in hot water again - after it was fined for having an illegal sign.’
      in difficulty, in difficulties, having problems, in a mess, in a bad way, in a predicament, in desperate straits, in dire straits, heading for disaster, heading for the rocks, with one's back against the wall
      be severely reprimanded, be upbraided, be scolded, get a scolding, be admonished, be castigated, be rebuked, be chastised, be censured, be criticized severely, be taken to task, get into trouble, be hauled over the coals
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  • make it (or things) hot for someone

    • informal Make things unpleasant for someone; persecute.

      • ‘His latest outing was at Limerick just over two weeks ago when he made it hot for well-backed favourite Rob The Five.’
      • ‘But we can hardly turn up the heat in meteorological terms on Wednesday but I hope we'll make it hot for them in every other way.’
      • ‘We'll make it hot for you when we reach the hills.’
      • ‘Whenever any of the latter went away for a time, the jackdaws took possession of their nests, and what with eating their eggs and ‘making things hot for them’ the rooks disappeared.’
      • ‘But making it hot for spammers in Asia will certainly help.’
      • ‘It was more like a sheet of thunder, a wicked roar with no separation between the bolts, and all the time the Johnnies made it hot for us in flank and rear as well as in front.’
      • ‘The ground will be a crucial factor in determining Grimes chance, while there are plenty of rivals in there to make it hot for him.’
      • ‘You may find this hard to believe but the blind man said he did not like my face; the deaf and dumb one did not like my manner of speech; and the crippled one landed me a lusty kick and told me to clear off or they would make it hot for me.’
      • ‘Tyrone are now in the All-Ireland semi-finals and you can be absolutely certain they will make it really hot for Kerry.’
      • ‘When the Nazis made it hot for him after he had reported their Reichstag arson plot as just that, he moved on to London.’
      • ‘When it is time to step in between those four lines of the Staples Center, we'll bring the heat-we'll make it hot for everybody.’
      • ‘CW Superstar, utterly convinced of himself, would make it hot for me and he tried to defeat me time after time from 20 metres distance.’
      • ‘‘He's the one who made things hot for me during that whole business with Cynthia,’ he added.’
      • ‘He said softly, with his teeth firmly set, ‘I'll make it hot for her if she causes me trouble.’’
      • ‘What excited my boys so highly was to see the enemy, as they supposed, come upon them so suddenly from an unexpected quarter, but by George, they were ready to make it hot for us.’
      • ‘Let me tell you something, sugar - you are wrong, dead wrong, and I suggest you leave before I get on the phone and start making things hot for you down at the Bureau.’
      • ‘But the likes of Ebner can still make things hot for the Wallenbergs.’
      • ‘And then he fled, and went to Pennsylvania, because the Essex Junto crowd in Boston made things hot for him, in Boston.’
      harass, hound, plague, badger, harry, pester, bother, bully, intimidate, pick on, persecute, victimize, terrorize
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  • get hot

    • (of an athlete or team) suddenly become effective.

      ‘he got hot at the right time and found himself in the title match’
      • ‘The biggest complaint with the Division Series is that an inferior team can get hot, lucky or both and knock off a big shot.’
      • ‘Suddenly getting hot often depends on things out of your control, and if there is one thing that truly bad teams don't get is a lot of breaks.’
      • ‘Dreifort is a free agent after the season and, even if he gets hot, some team officials believe they should look elsewhere for help.’
      • ‘Also, Michael Redd is just good enough to carry a team if he gets hot.’
      • ‘RHP Javier Vazquez got hot just when the team needed him most.’
      • ‘But rewarding teams who luck into getting hot at season's end (instead of excelling consistently over the whole season) can also lead to ridiculous outcomes.’
      • ‘Beltran, however, is a switch hitter with power and speed, entirely capable of getting hot and carrying a team for a prolonged stretch.’
      • ‘We've had these before, longshots suddenly getting hot, but not usually this early.’
      • ‘Any team can get hot during the playoffs and win a championship.’
      • ‘Everybody likes to talk about a team getting hot and sweeping through the postseason and reaching the Super Bowl.’


Old English hāt, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heet and German heiss.