hot potato

noun
1.
Informal. a situation or issue that is difficult, unpleasant, or risky to deal with.
2.
British Informal. a baked potato.

Origin:
1840–50

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hot potato
 
n
slang an awkward or delicate matter

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Idioms & Phrases

hot potato

A problem so controversial and sensitive that it is risky to deal with. For example, Gun control is a political hot potato. This term, dating from the mid-1800s, alludes to the only slightly older expression drop like a hot potato, meaning "to abandon something or someone quickly" (lest one be burned). The idiom alludes to the fact that cooked potatoes retain considerable heat because they contain a lot of water.

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Example sentences
Electricity is a political hot potato and it's becoming more of a problem.
The submarines became such a political hot potato that nobody would agree to
  build them.
Costs to the environment is unconscionable, and it would be a social and
  political hot potato.
Exactly what either concept means when applied to university students is set to
  become a political hot potato.
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