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hot potato

noun

: an issue or question about which people have different opinions and feel very strongly

Full Definition of HOT POTATO

:  a controversial question or issue that involves unpleasant or dangerous consequences for anyone dealing with it

Examples of HOT POTATO

  1. He tried to avoid taking a strong stand on political hot potatoes like abortion.

First Known Use of HOT POTATO

1950

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