hot potato

noun

Definition of hot potato

  1. :  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.

1950

First Known Use of hot potato

1950


HOT POTATO Defined for English Language Learners

hot potato

noun

Definition of hot potato for English Language Learners

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

Learn More about hot potato


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up hot potato? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

contemplative of or relative to the past

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • manet-jeanne-spring
  • Which is a synonym of chaffer?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ