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red-hot

[adjective red-hot; noun red-hot] /adjective ˈrɛdˈhɒt; noun ˈrɛdˌhɒt/
adjective
1.
red with heat; very hot.
2.
creating much excitement, demand, or discussion:
The new toy robot is a red-hot item this Christmas.
3.
violent; furious:
red-hot anger.
4.
characterized by intense excitement, enthusiasm, or passion.
5.
very fresh or new; most recent:
red-hot tips on the stock market.
noun
6.
a person who has great fervor or intensity, as for a goal or cause.
7.
Informal. a hot dog.
8.
a small cinnamon-flavored candy.
Origin of red-hot
1325-1375
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75
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  • His own skin had sizzled under the red-hot brand, he murmured softly.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • He could have moved it now for nothing short of a gimlet or a red-hot wire.

  • A shower of red-hot stones warned him that he was near the volcano.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • There was something in her that was red-hot, although she was now a middle-aged woman.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • They talked of boxing Augustine's ears when they saw that the stove was red-hot.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for red-hot

red-hot

adjective
1.
(esp of metal) heated to the temperature at which it glows red: iron is red-hot at about 500°C
2.
extremely hot: the stove is red-hot, so don't touch it
3.
keen, excited, or eager; enthusiastic
4.
furious; violent: red-hot anger
5.
very recent or topical: red-hot information
6.
(Austral, slang) extreme, unreasonable, or unfair: the charges are red-hot
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Word Origin and History for red-hot
adj.

late 14c., "heated till it glows red" (of metal, etc.); of persons, "lively, passionate," it is recorded from c.1600. Red-hot mama is 1926, jazz slang, "earthy female singer," also "girlfriend, lover."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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