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Definition of red-hot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: extremely hot: such as
a : glowing with heat
b : exhibiting or marked by intense emotion, enthusiasm, or violence a red-hot campaign
c : fresh, new red-hot news
d : extremely popular

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Definition of red hot (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who shows intense emotion or partisanship
3 : a small red candy strongly flavored with cinnamon

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Examples of red-hot in a Sentence


the inflammatory language favored by the red hots is simply polarizing voters and stifling all dialogue

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Customers can choose to have their meat spicy, as the company offers spices such as habanero and Mexican red hots. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Joyview Meat in Redford celebrates 50 years of sausage making," 21 June 2019 The pundits call New Mexico red hot going in, ranked fourth in America. Tom Corvin,, "Remember the Titans: Forty years after Cal State Who, Fullerton takes on Purdue," 15 Mar. 2018 The gooey Parisienne Gnocchi, studded with thick rounds of red hot chili peppers, was pleasingly confusing. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, "At L’Accolade, Artful Appetizers Pose as Drinking Food," 17 Aug. 2019 After breaking their losing streak last year, the Cleveland Browns are red hot with fans. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Cleveland Browns Ticket Prices Soar by 141% in Secondary Market," 24 July 2019 The pointless experiment du jour, orchestrated by Tito4re, marries neon green antifreeze with red hot molten copper to mesmerizing effect. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Molten Copper and Antifreeze Make a Neon Nightmare Stew," 30 Dec. 2015 Bottom of the lineup is red hot Louisville, like nearly every other team in the College World Series, is loaded at the top of the lineup. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "5 things to know about the Louisville baseball team before the College World Series," 11 June 2019 But make no mistake: The market for initial public offerings is still red hot. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "These companies could save the IPO market," 13 June 2019 The red hot metro Milwaukee housing market posted its best March sales in a dozen years, even amid rising prices and a tight inventory of houses for sale. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Metro Milwaukee housing market remained red hot in March," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of red-hot


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of red-hot was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of red-hot

: glowing red because of being very hot
: extremely hot
: very active or successful


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Kids Definition of red-hot

1 : glowing red with heat red-hot coals
2 : very active or successful a red-hot team
3 : extremely popular a red-hot fashion

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