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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. 2016.
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  • It was the quiet of tense nerves and imagination at white-heat.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • For if Tom was quickly brought to a white-heat, radiation was equally rapid.

    The Graysons Edward Eggleston
  • When Smithsend arrived from imprisonment in Quebec, war fever against the French rose to white-heat.

    The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
  • Though the words were mild, the feelings of the two men were at white-heat.

    Mistress Nell George C. Hazelton, Jr.
  • In my inexperience I worked at a white-heat, completing the book in ten weeks.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster Edward Eggleston
  • All creatures, from the tiniest insect upward, were in reality busy under that curtain of white-heat haze.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • He wrote "Ivanoff" at white-heat in two and a half weeks, as a protest against a play he had seen at one of the Moscow theatres.

    Swan Song Anton Checkov
  • The radiance of a spotless soul, burning in the white-heat of a passion as pure as itself, dazzled and awed him.

    Greifenstein F. Marion Crawford
  • In the instance of a poet, this vehicle is language emotioned to the white-heat of rhythm.

    William Sharp (Fiona Macleod) Elizabeth A. Sharp
  • In a white-heat of wrath and sorrow Frithjof starts out to call her perjured brothers to account.

    Essays on Scandinavian Literature Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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