having a high temperature; producing heat
Do you like this hot weather?
It's hot today, isn't it?
It was hot and getting hotter.
It was the hottest July on record.
a hot dry summer
Be careful─the plates are hot.
All rooms have hot and cold water.
a hot bath
a hot meal (= one that has been cooked)
I couldn't live in a hot country (= one which has high average temperatures) .
Cook in a very hot oven.
Eat it while it's hot.
I touched his forehead. He felt hot and feverish.
of a person
feeling heat in an unpleasant or uncomfortable way
Is anyone too hot?
I feel hot.
Her cheeks were hot with embarrassment.
making you feel hot
London was hot and dusty.
a long hot journey
food with spices
containing pepper and spices and producing a burning feeling in your mouth
hot spicy food
You can make a curry hotter simply by adding chillies.
causing strong feelings
involving a lot of activity, argument or strong feelings
Today we enter the hottest phase of the election campaign.
The environment has become a very hot issue.
Competition is getting hotter day by day.
difficult or dangerous to deal with and making you feel worried or uncomfortable
When things got too hot most journalists left the area.
They're making life hot for her.
new, exciting and very popular
This is one of the hottest clubs in town.
They are one of this year's hot new bands.
The couple are Hollywood's hottest property .
fresh, very recent and usually exciting
I've got some hot gossip for you!
a story that is hot off the press (= has just appeared in the newspapers)
likely to be successful
She seems to be the hot favourite for the job.
Do you have any hot tips for today's race?
good at sth/knowing a lot
very good at doing sth; knowing a lot about sth
Don't ask me─I'm not too hot on British history.
if sb has a hot temper they become angry very easily
feeling or causing sexual excitement
You were as hot for me as I was for you.
I've got a hot date tonight.
containing scenes, statements, etc. that are too shocking or too critical and are likely to cause anger or disapproval
Some of the nude scenes were regarded as too hot for Broadway.
The report was highly critical of senior members of the Cabinet and was considered too hot to publish.
thinking that sth is very important and making sure that it always happens or is done
They're very hot on punctuality at work.
of music, especially jazz
having a strong and exciting rhythm
stolen and difficult to get rid of because they can easily be recognized
I'd never have touched those CDs if I'd known they were hot.
in children's games
used in children's games to say that the person playing is very close to finding a person or thing, or to guessing the correct answer
You're getting hot!
to be very enthusiastic about starting an activity
to be excited in a sexual way
to be in or get into trouble
to experience a sudden feeling of fear or anxiety
When the phone rang I just went hot and cold.
to sell quickly or in great numbers
in a state of anxiety or confusion because you are under too much pressure, have a problem, are trying to hurry, etc.
following sb/sth very closely
He turned and fled with Peter hot on his heels.
Further successes came hot on the heels of her first best-selling novel.
close to catching or finding the person or thing that you have been chasing or searching for
angry or embarrassed
He got very hot under the collar when I asked him where he'd been all day.
following sb closely and determined to catch them
She sped away in her car with journalists in hot pursuit.
not very good in quality
Her spelling isn't too hot.
not feeling well
‘How are you today?’ ‘Not so hot, I'm afraid.’
She was like a cat on hot bricks before her driving test.
very close behind sb/sth; very soon after sth
News of rising unemployment followed hard on the heels of falling export figures.
to make use of an opportunity immediately
This expression refers to a blacksmith making a shoe for a horse. He has to strike/hammer the iron while it is hot enough to bend into the shape of the shoe.
to become more exciting or to show an increase in activity
Things are really hotting up in the election campaign.