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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HOT

"Here's a fine letter to read on a hot day," called Percival.

Celine stared, resting no slight weight on the hot flat-iron.

My brother is hot and fiery; Mr Chatterton is rash and headstrong.

I think it was the homely smell of hot buttered toast that did it.

Under the strain of his muscles, iron bars bent like hot wax.

He'll have his hot supper and his hot tumbler, don't you fear!

Seal the jars while hot, allow them to cool, and then store.

I trust he has done you no wrong, that you should be so hot against him.

Let these rise and then bake them in a hot oven for about 15 minutes.

True, there were hot days and restless nights, weary feet, and now and then a heartache.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hat "hot, flaming, opposite of cold," also "fervent, fierce, intense, excited," from Proto-Germanic *haita- (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian het, Old Norse heitr, Middle Dutch and Dutch heet, German heiß "hot," Gothic heito "heat of a fever"), from PIE root *kai- "heat" (cf. Lithuanian kaistu "to grow hot").

The association of hot with sexuality dates back to c.1500. Taste sense of "pungent, acrid, biting" is from 1540s. Sense of "exciting, remarkable, very good" is 1895; that of "stolen" is first recorded 1925 (originally with overtones of "easily identified and difficult to dispose of"); that of "radioactive" is from 1942.

Hot flashes in the menopausal sense attested from 1887. Hot air "unsubstantiated statements, boastful talk" is from 1900. Hot stuff for anything good or excellent is by 1889. Hot potato in figurative sense is from 1846. The hot and cold in hide-and-seek or guessing games are from hunting (1640s), with notion of tracking a scent.

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