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hot hand


a winning streak; a lucky spell


In basketball, we often say someone who is scoring well in a game has a "hot hand."

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  • He was sure it was there, for ever since it came his hot hand had clutched it.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The tears burst from her eyes, and her hot hand clung to his imploringly.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • He put his hot hand into her cool one, and it rested there sometimes for hours.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Catherine sat down by the bed and clasped her mother's hot hand.

    Tongues of Conscience

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • She gave him a hot hand that quivered in his as he helped her down.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • Once she said as her hot hand clung to his, "I know where you'll be to-morrow night."

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • "I am almost sure of it, dear heart," Prudence said, taking her hot hand in hers.

    Judith Shakespeare William Black

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