Definition of red-hot in US English:



  • 1(of a substance) so hot as to glow red.

    ‘red-hot coals’
    • ‘As darkness descended, the increasingly restless audience, now numbering over a thousand, took up their positions around the cordoned-off red-hot coals, spread in a circle on the village square.’
    • ‘Imagine there's a religion that believes in burning children with a red-hot iron.’
    • ‘In retaliation, the bewildered girl says, one of her small hands was burned on a red-hot stove.’
    • ‘In our turf-fire environment, the unusual smells of coal slack and hooves burning when a red-hot shoe was fitted, although unpleasant, are nonetheless memorable.’
    • ‘Why is it possible for bare feet to touch red-hot coals without getting burned?’
    • ‘‘Promise me you'll at least hear me out before you decide that you don't believe me,’ I said quietly, staring into the red-hot flames of the fire.’
    • ‘He pulled the metal out of the fire, examining the red-hot tip, then put it back in.’
    • ‘A red-hot shower of burning debris rained down on him.’
    • ‘Gloved workers, their eyes shaded, manhandle glowing, red-hot bars of old iron from a furnace into a rolling mill.’
    • ‘Depending on the type of coach and chassis, they would have narrowly avoided being minced by a propshaft turning at thousands of revolutions a minute or burned by red-hot exhaust pipes.’
    • ‘His bare feet really do touch the red-hot coals.’
    • ‘Under the cover of darkness, exotic sports cars come alive with red-hot glowing brakes, flaming exhausts and sparks from contact as drivers battle both the elements and other drivers.’
    • ‘She stared into the depths of the fire and saw nothing but the curling tongues wrapped around red-hot coal.’
    • ‘He made each of his players run barefoot over red-hot coals.’
    • ‘A seaman in the US Navy in World War II ran barefoot across the red-hot deck of a burning ship to save a fellow sailor's life.’
    • ‘They show animal claws scratching across concrete, red-hot rusty wires glowing orange in the dark, and bloodied knives arranged along the body at the sites of pain.’
    • ‘Walking down the road in those thin-soled sandals was close to walking over red-hot coal.’
    • ‘It was like a red-hot fire spreading through her.’
    • ‘A single pot balanced on the mecha-stove, the two glowing iron coils red-hot beneath it.’
    • ‘With the help of professionals we are inviting the public to walk over a 20 ft path of red-hot coals.’
    hot, glowing, red hot, aglow, smouldering
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    1. 1.1 Very hot, especially too hot to touch.
      ‘the red-hot handle burned his hand’
      figurative ‘the red-hot attack letter they received last week’
  • 2Extremely exciting or popular.

    ‘red-hot jazz’
    • ‘We can make transport an interesting, attractive, galvanising, inspiring, or perhaps red-hot issue, but buses, trams and even Freudian trains are not and never will be sexy.’
    • ‘Higher interest rates could cool the red-hot housing market in some parts of the world, Rajan said.’
    • ‘The red-hot jazz saxophonist Bhumibol and his beautiful Queen Sirikit, who celebrated their golden jubilee on May 5, 2000, continue to reign and enjoy the respect and devotion of the Thai people.’
    • ‘There's nothing like gaining a reputation as a red-hot creative shop for turning up the pressure in a business where you're only as good as your last ad.’
    1. 2.1 Very passionate.
      ‘a red-hot lover’
      • ‘Show-stopping Irish dance leads into passionate flamenco and red-hot salsa routines.’
      • ‘The campaign will include recipes which, it is claimed, can turn the coldest of fish into red-hot lovers.’
      • ‘Questioned about the suggestion Day had lusted after her, MacGregor replied: ‘I can't put Robin in the category of red-hot lovers.’’
      • ‘It isn't easy being a red-hot lover these days, but take heart, help is at hand for those with a penchant for penning a love poem.’
      • ‘A surge of passion could turn you into a red-hot lover but you must not allow it to make you foolishly impulsive.’
      • ‘Mozart is the dominant composer at the festival, which also has traditional and jazz aspects, including the red-hot tangos of Astor Piazzola.’
      • ‘To an astrophysicist, red-hot foods and red-hot lovers both leave room for improvement.’
      dedicated, devoted, committed, loyal, faithful, staunch, genuine, firm, steadfast, resolute, unwavering, sincere, wholehearted, keen, earnest, enthusiastic, zealous, passionate, ardent, fervent, intense, vehement, active, sworn, pledged
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