hot second

noun

informal
: a very brief span of time : second, moment
I want to be your lawyer, because you're going to win your lawsuit in a hot second.Nicole Makris
If you've lived here for more than a hot second, you realize there's a style to Seattle.Michelle Li
Can we just take one hot second here and give these cheesecake pancakes our undivided attention?Alexa Mellardo

Examples of hot second in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Budweiser attempted to support trans customers for a hot second, then abandoned trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney in the firestorm of consumer backlash. Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 3 Apr. 2024 The menu offers a choice of cold first course, hot second course, an entrée and dessert. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 20 Feb. 2024 The Aberdeen IronBirds kept up their hot second half of the season, taking five of six games against Bowling Green during last week’s series. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 25 July 2023 My daughter played with that cash register for a hot second. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 19 July 2023 Egg prices are dropping The cost of eggs—which became an internet sensation for a hot second earlier this year—has also dropped as the US chicken supply recovers from an avian flu outbreak. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 27 June 2023 Probably not, but this baby hasn’t been available to stream in a hot second. James Grebey, Vulture, 16 June 2023 Lazing Around in Jamaica A hop-and-a-skip from the East Coast, the capital of St. James Parish, Montego Bay, gives you permission to disconnect for a hot second. Lindsay Tigar, Travel + Leisure, 29 Apr. 2023 And while the numbers were similar to the year before, .280/.328/.405 aided by a hot second half, the impact wasn’t the same. Julian McWilliams, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hot second was in 1977

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“Hot second.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hot%20second. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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