hot potato

noun

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.

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


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