hot potato

noun
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of hot potato

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

Examples of hot potato in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of hot potato

1950

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Definition of hot potato for English Language Learners

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


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