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red-hot

[adj. red-hot; n. red-hot] /adj. ˈrɛdˈhɒt; n. ˈrɛdˌhɒt/
adjective
1.
red with heat; very hot.
2.
creating much excitement, demand, or discussion:
The new toy robot is a red-hot item this Christmas.
3.
violent; furious:
red-hot anger.
4.
characterized by intense excitement, enthusiasm, or passion.
5.
very fresh or new; most recent:
red-hot tips on the stock market.
noun
6.
a person who has great fervor or intensity, as for a goal or cause.
7.
Informal. a hot dog.
8.
a small cinnamon-flavored candy.
Origin of red-hot
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English
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  • Several mortar vessels moved close in shore and threw shells into the town, while the batteries poured in red hot shot.

  • But what you breathe is red hot gas—I know because I've been there.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • More leaves covered all, and another layer of red hot stones.

  • Why does not the wire in an electric lamp melt when it is red hot?

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • The drummers are red hot for orders, and you can squeeze them down.

    A Man of Samples Wm. H. Maher
British Dictionary definitions for red hot

red-hot

adjective
1.
(esp of metal) heated to the temperature at which it glows red: iron is red-hot at about 500°C
2.
extremely hot: the stove is red-hot, so don't touch it
3.
keen, excited, or eager; enthusiastic
4.
furious; violent: red-hot anger
5.
very recent or topical: red-hot information
6.
(Austral, slang) extreme, unreasonable, or unfair: the charges are red-hot
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Word Origin and History for red hot

red-hot

adj.

late 14c., "heated till it glows red" (of metal, etc.); of persons, "lively, passionate," it is recorded from c.1600. Red-hot mama is 1926, jazz slang, "earthy female singer," also "girlfriend, lover."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for red hot

red hot

adjective phrase

Very hot; sizzling •An intensive of all slang senses of hot (1758+)

noun phrase

A frankfurter; hot dog (1892+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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