Definition of hot hand in US English:

hot hand


  • 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/