- hot1 W2S1 [hɔt US ha:t] adj comparative hotter superlative hottest▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(high temperature)¦2¦(spicy)¦3¦(very popular/fashionable)¦4¦(good)¦5¦(sexy)¦6¦(difficult/dangerous)¦7 a hot issue/topic etc8 in the hot seat9 in hot water10¦(angry)¦11 hot and bothered12 have/hold something in your hot little hand13¦(recent/exciting news)¦14 be hot off the press15¦(chasing somebody/something closely)¦16 come/follow hot on the heels of something17 hot on the trail of something18 blow/go hot and cold19 go hot and cold20 I don't feel too hot/so hot/very hot21 be hot on something22 be hot for something23 be hot to trot24 hot competition25 hot favourite26 hot tip27¦(stolen goods)¦28¦(music)¦29 more something than you've had hot dinners30 hot money▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: hat]1.) ¦(HIGH TEMPERATURE)¦a) something that is hot has a high temperature - used about weather, places, food, drink, or objects≠ ↑cold▪ a hot day in July▪ It's so hot in here. Can I open the window?▪ Be careful, the water's very hot.▪ The bar serves hot and cold food .▪ people who live in hot countries (=where the weather is usually hot)boiling/broilingAmE scorching/baking/roasting hot(=used about weather that is very hot)▪ a scorching hot week in Auguststifling/sweltering/unbearably hot(=used about weather that is very hot and uncomfortable)▪ The office gets unbearably hot in summer.boiling/scalding/steaming hot(=used about liquid that is extremely hot)▪ The coffee was scalding hot.piping hot(=used about food that is nice and hot)▪ Serve the soup piping hot.red hot(=used to describe an object or surface that is very hot)▪ The handle was red hot.white hot(=used to describe metal that is extremely hot)▪ He held the metal in the flame until it became white hot.b) if you feel hot, your body feels hot in a way that is uncomfortable▪ I was hot and tired after the journey.▪ The wine made her feel hot.c) if clothes are hot, they make you feel too hot in a way that is uncomfortable▪ This sweater's too hot to wear inside.2.) ¦(SPICY)¦food that tastes hot has a burning taste because it contains strong spices≠ ↑mild▪ a hot curry3.) ¦(VERY POPULAR/FASHIONABLE)¦ informalsomething or someone that is hot is very popular or fashionable, and everyone wants to use them, see them, buy them etc▪ one of the hottest young directors in Hollywood▪ Michael Owen is already one of soccer's hottest properties (=actors or sports players who are very popular) .▪ The movie is going to be this summer's hot ticket (=an event that is very popular or fashionable, and that everyone wants to go and see) .be the hottest thing since (sliced bread)(=used about someone or something that is very good and popular, so that everyone wants them)▪ Her new book is supposed to be the hottest thing since Harry Potter.4.) ¦(GOOD)¦ informalvery good, especially in a way that is exciting▪ a hot young guitar player▪ a hot piece of software▪ His new film is hot stuff (=very good) .be hot at doing sth▪ She's pretty hot at swimming too.not so hot/not very hot informal (=not very good)▪ Some of the tracks on the record are great, but others are not so hot.be hot shitAmE informal not polite (=used about someone or something that people think is very good)5.) ¦(SEXY)¦a) informal someone who is hot is very attractive sexually▪ The girls all think he's hot stuff .b) informal a film, book, photograph etc that is hot is sexually exciting▪ his hot and steamy first novelc) a hot date informala meeting with someone who you feel very attracted to sexually▪ She has a hot date with Michel.d) be hot on/for sb informalto be sexually attracted to someone6.) ¦(DIFFICULT/DANGEROUS)¦ [not before noun] informaldifficult or dangerous to deal with▪ If things get too hot (=a situation becomes too difficult or dangerous to deal with) , I can always leave.▪ Wilkinson found his opponent a little too hot to handle (=too difficult to deal with or beat) .▪ The climate was too hot politically to make such radical changes.7.) a hot issue/topic etca subject that a lot of people are discussing, especially one that causes a lot of disagreement▪ The affair was a hot topic of conversation.▪ one of the hottest issues facing medical science8.) in the hot seatin an important position and responsible for making difficult decisions9.) in hot waterif someone is in hot water, they are in trouble because they have done something wrong▪ The finance minister found himself in hot water over his business interests.land/get yourself in hot water▪ She got herself in hot water with the authorities.10.)¦(ANGRY)¦a) get hot under the collarspoken to become angry - used especially when people get angry in an unreasonable way about something that is not important▪ I don't understand why people are getting so hot under the collar about it.b) have a hot tempersomeone who has a hot temper becomes angry very easily11.) hot and bothered informalupset and confused because you have too much to think about or because you are in a hurry▪ People were struggling with bags and cases, looking hot and bothered.12.) have/hold sth in your hot little hand informalused to emphasize that you have something▪ You'll have the report in your hot little hands by Monday.13.) ¦(RECENT/EXCITING NEWS)¦hot news is about very recent events and therefore interesting or exciting▪ Do you want to hear about all the latest hot gossip ?14.) be hot off the pressif news or a newspaper is hot off the press, it has just recently been printed15.) ¦(CHASING SOMEBODY/SOMETHING CLOSELY)¦a) in hot pursuitfollowing someone quickly and closely because you want to catch them▪ The car sped away with the police in hot pursuit.b) hot on sb's trail/tailclose to and likely to catch someone you have been chasing▪ The other car was hot on his tail.c) hot on sb's heelsfollowing very close behind someone▪ Mrs Bass's dog was already hot on his heels.16.) come/follow hot on the heels of sthto happen or be done very soon after something else▪ The news came hot on the heels of another plane crash.17.) hot on the trail of sthvery close to finding something▪ journalists hot on the trail of a news story18.) blow/go hot and coldto keep changing your mind about whether you like or want to do something▪ She keeps blowing hot and cold about the wedding.19.) go hot and coldto experience a strange feeling in which your body temperature suddenly changes, because you are very frightened, worried, or shocked20.) I don't feel too hot/so hot/very hotspoken informal I feel slightly ill▪ I'm not feeling too hot today.21.) be hot on sth informala) to know a lot about something▪ He's pretty hot on aircraft.b) BrE to be very strict about something= ↑tight▪ The company is very hot on security.22.) be hot for sth informalto be ready for something and want it very much▪ Europe is hot for a product like this.▪ He was hot for revenge.23.) be hot to trot informala) to be ready to do something or be involved with somethingb) to feel sexually excited and want to have sex with someone24.) hot competitionif the competition between people or companies is hot, they are all trying very hard to win or succeed▪ Competition for the best jobs is getting hotter all the time.25.) hot favouritethe person, team, horse etc that people think is most likely to win▪ United are hot favourites to win the championship.26.) hot tipa good piece of advice about the likely result of a race, business deal etc▪ a hot tip on the stockmarket27.) ¦(STOLEN GOODS)¦ informalgoods that are hot have been stolen28.) ¦(MUSIC)¦ informalmusic that is hot has a strong exciting ↑rhythm29.) more sth than you've had hot dinnersBrE spoken humorous used to say that someone has had a lot of experience of something and has done it many times▪ She's delivered more babies than you've had hot dinners.30.)hot moneymoney that is frequently moved from one country to another in order to make a profithot 2hot2 v past tense and past participle hotted present participle hottinghot up phr v1.) if something hots up, there is more activity or excitement▪ Things generally hot up a few days before the race.2.) the pace hots upused to say that the speed of something increases
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.