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adjective hot pronunciation in British English /hɒt/
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  1. 1
    very high in temperature
    Cook the fish under a hot grill for 5 minutes.
    Her forehead still feels a bit hot.
    It’s so hot in here – can’t we open a window?
    boiling/scalding hot (=extremely hot): a pan of boiling hot water
    1. a.
    2. b.
      used about the weather
      It’s going to be hot again today.
    3. c.
      where the weather is often hot
      The disease is particularly common in hot countries such as India and Panama.
    4. d.
      cooked and served hot
      I haven’t had a hot meal in days.
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  2. 3
    informal involving strong emotions
    a hot love affair/romance
    have a hot temper (=get angry easily): Our coach has a really hot temper.
    1. a.
      a hot issue is important and causes arguments because people strongly disagree
      Tax cuts have become a hot topic in this election campaign.
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  3. 4
    informal exciting and interesting, especially because of being new
    hot news about impending changes in Cabinet
    the hot new look in women’s fashions
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    1. a.
      exciting, successful, and popular
      one of Hollywood’s hottest young directors
      a hot property (=someone in acting, sport, business etc who has just become very successful): She’s now a very hot property in television.
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  4. 5
    informal especially good in some way
    a hot tip (=a useful piece of advice)
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    1. a.
      very skilful
      a hot musician/dancer/player
      hot at: Kyle’s pretty hot at tennis.
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    2. b.
      very lucky
      hot cards/dice
  5. 6
    difficult, or dangerous
    hot for: When things got too hot for her at home, she’d stay with a friend.
  6. 7
    informal involving sexual feelings or images
    love scenes that are too hot for TV
  7. 8
    informal determined to do something
    hot for: Hot for revenge, the soldiers marched northward.
  8. 9
    informal involving a lot of activity or competition
    The property market is very hot these days.
    hot competition: There is hot competition from other companies to win the contract.
  9. 10
    informal stolen and being looked for by the police
    a hot car
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