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white heat

a stage of intense activity, excitement, feeling, etc.:
The sales campaign is at white heat.
an intense heat at which a substance glows with white light.
Origin of white heat
1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Intellectual debate was normally conducted at white heat, and discussions routinely lasted until the break of day.
  • The city drew a long breath and the excite ment, which had been at white heat thus far, cooled off.
  • But he could write, and he did so now, at white heat.
British Dictionary definitions for white heat

white heat

intense heat or a very high temperature, characterized by emission of white light
(informal) a state of intense excitement or activity
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