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Having a high temperature, in literal and figurative use.

hot button a topic or issue that is highly charged emotionally or politically; the term is recorded in the US as a marketing term from the early 1970s.

hot cross bun a bun marked with a cross and containing dried fruit, traditionally eaten on Good Friday.

hot-desking the practice in an office of allocating desks to workers when they are required or on a rota system, rather than giving each worker their own desk; the usage as a working practice is recorded from the early 1990s.

hot potato a controversial issue or situation which is awkward or unpleasant to deal with.

hot-stove in North American usage, a discussion about a favourite sport carried on during the off season; the expression (recorded from the 1950s) is associated with discussions conducted around a heater in the winter.

See also blow hot and cold, like a hot knife through butter, a little pot is soon hot, strike while the iron is hot.

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