hot·​ly | \ ˈhät-lē How to pronounce hotly (audio) \

Definition of hotly

: in a hot manner a hotly contested series

Examples of hotly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Twenty-seven-year-old Ben Florsheim won a solid victory over former Republican mayor and common councilman Seb Giuliano Tuesday night in one of Connecticut’s most hotly contested mayoral races. Kathleen Mcwilliams,, "Who is Ben Florsheim? Meet the 27-year-old who beat out Middletown’s former Republican mayor in one of the state’s most hotly contested races," 6 Nov. 2019 The sale of the ski resorts was finalized last week even as the family's role in the opioid crisis is being hotly contested in courts. Author: Christopher Rowland, Anchorage Daily News, "Purdue Pharma family profits from sale of resorts in regions plagued by opioid crisis," 30 Sep. 2019 The sneakers have been hotly debated for at least a year, and even more so since mid-October, when Kenyan distance runners Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei both broke marathon records wearing versions of the sneakers. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Will Nike’s shoes decide the New York City Marathon’s next winner?," 1 Nov. 2019 The 26-year-old blonde model with a labret piercing is one of the most versatile (and hotly in-demand) faces in the industry today. Vogue, "This New York Model Is Already Delivering Halloween’s Craziest Costume," 31 Oct. 2019 New taxes and bans of online tobacco sales will also likely be hotly debated when the Legislature returns in 2020. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Bipartisan group of MN lawmakers back raising tobacco age to 21 statewide," 28 Oct. 2019 Once upon a time,the ethics of treating historical events through fictional narratives was a hotly disputed thing. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘Landfall’ Review: How It Really Never Happened," 15 Feb. 2019 His project is the latest turmoil in Star, where hotly disputed apartment projects led to an unsuccessful attempt last year to recall City Councilman Kevin Nielsen and Mayor Chad Bell. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Star is about to get bigger — and get more homes | Idaho Statesman," 2 May 2018 The legislative session ended Sunday with two hotly disputed topics unresolved: How to stop runaway home insurance rate increases stemming from third-party claims assignments and excessive litigation against property insurers. Ron Hurtibise,, "Auto, home insurance reform bills fail in Legislature," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hotly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Hotly.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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