Definition of red-hot in English:



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

    ‘red-hot coals’
    • ‘He made each of his players run barefoot over red-hot coals.’
    • ‘It was like a red-hot fire spreading through her.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gloved workers, their eyes shaded, manhandle glowing, red-hot bars of old iron from a furnace into a rolling mill.’
    • ‘His bare feet really do touch the red-hot coals.’
    • ‘A single pot balanced on the mecha-stove, the two glowing iron coils red-hot beneath it.’
    • ‘Walking down the road in those thin-soled sandals was close to walking over red-hot coal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A red-hot shower of burning debris rained down on him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She stared into the depths of the fire and saw nothing but the curling tongues wrapped around red-hot coal.’
    • ‘Why is it possible for bare feet to touch red-hot coals without getting burned?’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘Higher interest rates could cool the red-hot housing market in some parts of the world, Rajan said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1 Very passionate.
      ‘a red-hot lover’
      • ‘Mozart is the dominant composer at the festival, which also has traditional and jazz aspects, including the red-hot tangos of Astor Piazzola.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To an astrophysicist, red-hot foods and red-hot lovers both leave room for improvement.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Show-stopping Irish dance leads into passionate flamenco and red-hot salsa routines.’
      • ‘A surge of passion could turn you into a red-hot lover but you must not allow it to make you foolishly impulsive.’
      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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