- hot [ hat ] adjective ***▸ 1 very high in temperature▸ 2 food: with spices▸ 3 involving strong emotion▸ 4 exciting and interesting▸ 5 very good/skillful/lucky▸ 6 difficult/dangerous▸ 7 involving sex▸ 8 determined to do something▸ 9 busy▸ 10 stolen/being looked for▸ 11 close to guessing something▸ + PHRASES1. ) very high in temperature:Cook the fish on a hot grill for 5 minutes.Her forehead still feels hot.It's so hot in here can't we open a window?boiling/scalding hot (=extremely hot): a pan of boiling hot watera ) feeling uncomfortable because the temperature is too high or you are wearing too many clothes:Take your jacket off if you're hot.b ) used about the weather:It's going to be hot again today.c ) where the weather is often hot:hot countries such as India and Panamad ) cooked and served hot:I haven't had a hot meal in days.─ opposite COLD2. ) hot food contains a lot of SPICES that create a burning feeling in your mouth: SPICY3. ) INFORMAL involving strong emotions:a hot love affair/romancehave a hot temper (=get angry easily): Our coach has a really hot temper.a ) a hot issue is important and causes arguments because people strongly disagree:Health care became a hot topic during the presidential campaign.4. ) INFORMAL exciting and interesting, especially because of being new:hot news about impending changes in Cabinetthe hot new look in women's fashionsa ) exciting, successful, and popular:one of Hollywood's hottest young directorsa hot property: She's a very hot property in television.5. ) INFORMAL especially good in some way:a hot tip (=a useful piece of advice)a ) very skilful:a hot musician/dancer/playerhot at: Kyle's pretty hot at tennis.b ) very lucky:hot cards/dice6. ) difficult or dangerous:hot for: When things got too hot for her at home, she'd stay with a friend.a ) containing a dangerous level of uncontrolled energy, especially electricity or RADIOACTIVITY7. ) INFORMAL involving sexual feelings or images:love scenes that are too hot for TVa ) sexually attractiveb ) eager to have sex8. ) INFORMAL determined to do something:hot for: Hot for revenge, the soldiers marched northward toward the capital.hot to do something: Gail's very hot to travel and teach in South America.9. ) INFORMAL involving a lot of activity or competition:The property market is very hot these days.hot competition: There is hot competition from other companies to win the contract.10. ) INFORMAL stolen and being looked for by the police:a hot car11. ) SPOKEN used in a children's game for saying that you are very close to finding something, or guessing the right answer─ opposite COLD(all) hot and botheredupset and confused, for example because you have too much to do: FLUSTEREDgo hot and coldto suddenly become very nervous, afraid, or confused about somethinghot off the press(es)/fax machine etc.only just printed or only just receivedhot on somethinginterested in something and knowing a lot about it:Elizabeth's really hot on nuclear physics.They're very hot on safety in the workplace.hot on the heels ofarriving or happening very close behind someone or somethinghot on the trail of1. ) very close behind someone or something, and about to catch them:He got away but the police are hot on his trail.2. ) very close to finding somethinghot to trot AMERICAN INFORMALeager to do something, especially to have sexhot under the collarangry or annoyedin hot pursuitchasing someone in a very determined wayin hot waterin trouble because of something you have done:land/get someone in hot water: Rick's temper had landed him in hot water again.not so/too hot SPOKEN1. ) not of a very high quality or standard2. ) not feeling very well or very happyrun/blow hot and coldto change your mind a lot about whether you like someone or somethingtoo hot to handletoo difficult or dangerous to get involved with
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.