hot1 W2S1 [hɔt US ha:t] adj comparative hotter superlative hottest
1¦(high temperature)¦
3¦(very popular/fashionable)¦
7 a hot issue/topic etc
8 in the hot seat
9 in hot water
11 hot and bothered
12 have/hold something in your hot little hand
13¦(recent/exciting news)¦
14 be hot off the press
15¦(chasing somebody/something closely)¦
16 come/follow hot on the heels of something
17 hot on the trail of something
18 blow/go hot and cold
19 go hot and cold
20 I don't feel too hot/so hot/very hot
21 be hot on something
22 be hot for something
23 be hot to trot
24 hot competition
25 hot favourite
26 hot tip
27¦(stolen goods)¦
29 more something than you've had hot dinners
30 hot money
[: Old English; Origin: hat]
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)
AmE scorching/baking/roasting hot
(=used about weather that is very hot)
a scorching hot week in August
stifling/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 curry
something 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)¦ informal
very 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 shit
AmE 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 novel
c) a hot date informal
a meeting with someone who you feel very attracted to sexually
She has a hot date with Michel.
d) be hot on/for sb informal
to be sexually attracted to someone
6.) ¦(DIFFICULT/DANGEROUS)¦ [not before noun] informal
difficult 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 etc
a 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 science
8.) in the hot seat
in an important position and responsible for making difficult decisions
9.) in hot water
if 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.
a) get hot under the collar
spoken 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 temper
someone who has a hot temper becomes angry very easily
11.) hot and bothered informal
upset 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 informal
used to emphasize that you have something
You'll have the report in your hot little hands by Monday.
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 press
if news or a newspaper is hot off the press, it has just recently been printed
a) in hot pursuit
following 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/tail
close to and likely to catch someone you have been chasing
The other car was hot on his tail.
c) hot on sb's heels
following very close behind someone
Mrs Bass's dog was already hot on his heels.
16.) come/follow hot on the heels of sth
to 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 sth
very close to finding something
journalists hot on the trail of a news story
18.) blow/go hot and cold
to 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 cold
to experience a strange feeling in which your body temperature suddenly changes, because you are very frightened, worried, or shocked
20.) I don't feel too hot/so hot/very hot
spoken informal I feel slightly ill
I'm not feeling too hot today.
21.) be hot on sth informal
a) 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 informal
to 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 informal
a) to be ready to do something or be involved with something
b) to feel sexually excited and want to have sex with someone
24.) hot competition
if 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 favourite
the person, team, horse etc that people think is most likely to win
United are hot favourites to win the championship.
26.) hot tip
a good piece of advice about the likely result of a race, business deal etc
a hot tip on the stockmarket
27.) ¦(STOLEN GOODS)¦ informal
goods that are hot have been stolen
28.) ¦(MUSIC)¦ informal
music that is hot has a strong exciting ↑rhythm
29.) more sth than you've had hot dinners
BrE 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 money
money that is frequently moved from one country to another in order to make a profit
→↑hotly, hots
hot 2
hot2 v past tense and past participle hotted present participle hotting
hot up phr v
1.) if something hots up, there is more activity or excitement
Things generally hot up a few days before the race.
2.) the pace hots up
used to say that the speed of something increases

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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