hot under the collar

Slang Dictionary

collar definition


  1. tv.
    to arrest someone. (See also collared.) : The cops collared her as she was leaving the hotel.
  2. n.
    an arrest. : It was a tough collar, with all the screaming and yelling.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Slang Dictionary

hot definition


  1. mod.
    and hot under the collar. angry. : Gee, that guy is really hot under the collar. What did I do?
  2. mod.
    wanted by the police. (Underworld.) : Lefty is hot because of his part in the bank job.
  3. mod.
    stolen. : Rocko won't touch a hot watch or anything else hot.
  4. mod.
    carrying contraband and subject to arrest if caught. : Lefty was hot and needed a place to stay.
  5. mod.
    having a run of good luck in gambling. : I was hot when I started. I'm broke now.
  6. mod.
    of great renown; doing quite well for the time being. : The opera tenor was hot, and even the lowbrows would pay to hear him.
  7. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated. (Old.) : Willy was too hot to stand up.
  8. mod.
    selling well. : These things are really hot this season.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

hot under the collar

Angry, as in She is quick to get hot under the collar, but once the problem is ironed out she forgets it entirely. This expression alludes to the heat of anger. [c. 1900]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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