One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of food or water) very hot.as adjective ‘the crust was piping hot’as adverb ‘it is served warm, not piping hot’
heated, piping, sizzling, steaming, roasting, boiling, boiling hot, searing, scorching, scalding, red-hotView synonyms
- ‘Each evening, when William came home from the pit, the tin bath would be ready for him filled with piping hot water.’
- ‘These rested on a thick bed of piping hot apple sauce.’
- ‘Coulombe treats the infected arm by placing it into a basin of piping hot water to drain the white-yellow pus.’
- ‘Just then, their waiter brought out two piping hot dishes and placed them in front of them on the table.’
- ‘I was intrigued by the lettuce soup, which turned out to be a piping hot concoction punctuated with fresh ginger and herbs.’
- ‘I've been drinking mugs and mugs of piping hot tea and soup.’
- ‘We enjoy cup, after cup, after cup of piping hot tea from this one preparation.’
- ‘Next stop was Laragh where piping hot soup and sandwiches and tea awaited the fifty visitors.’
- ‘After a frenzied game of backgammon in candlelight, I ran a piping hot bath and sank into it.’
- ‘When we returned after the funeral, piping hot tea and snacks greeted us.’
Piping, because of the whistling sound made by very hot liquid or food.
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