more heat than light


used to say that something or someone causes anger without making something (such as an issue under discussion) better understood
Her inflammatory speech generated/produced more heat than light on the topic.
The provocative new book generates more heat than light.

Examples of more heat than light in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sadly, much of this discourse has shed more heat than light on the controversy. IEEE Spectrum, 27 Jan. 2012 Discussions of racial issues usually throw off more heat than light and too often assume that local distinctions and attitudes are universal and immutable rather than particular and contingent. Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs, 10 Feb. 2015

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“More heat than light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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