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white-hot

[hwahyt-hot, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˈhɒt, ˈwaɪt-/
adjective
1.
extremely hot.
2.
showing white heat.
3.
exceedingly enthusiastic, ardent, angry, devoted, etc.; impassioned; perfervid:
a fierce, white-hot loyalty to the king.
Origin of white-hot
1810-1820
1810-20
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  • He had learned to regard office boys with something less than white-hot hate.

    Personality Plus Edna Ferber
  • Macdonald strode to the forge and took out the bar of white-hot iron.

  • The look shot through Sabine's turgid consciousness like a white-hot dagger.

    Cape Breton Tales Harry James Smith
  • Grant it but a chink or keyhole, and it shot in like a white-hot arrow.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Again and again he lost consciousness under the white-hot iron, and each time we revived him he gave your name.

    The Return of Tharn Howard Carleton Browne
British Dictionary definitions for white-hot

white-hot

adjective
1.
at such a high temperature that white light is emitted
2.
(informal) in a state of intense emotion
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