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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

Noun the inflammatory language favored by the red hots is simply polarizing voters and stifling all dialogue
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Clifton Park shows up as a bright red hot spot in the Urban Tree Canopy Viewer on the new county webpage brimming with navigable maps and data about the county’s growing bald patches. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Where have all the trees gone? Cuyahoga tree canopy shrinks by 6,600 acres; Lakewood hardest hit," 26 Jan. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again What does Daniel Craig think about the red hot reception that greeted the sweater game of his Knives Out costar Chris Evans? Clark Collis,, "Daniel Craig is jealous of Chris Evans' pecs (but not his Knives Out sweater)," 23 Jan. 2020 Venus has a novel different magnetic situation that traps its red hot and poisonous atmosphere in place. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Magnetic North Pole Changes Time Zones, Just Keeps Drifting," 17 Dec. 2019 Andreescu came into New York red hot and scorched whatever remnants of intimidation factor Williams may have had left. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Serena Williams is different now and it’ll take some getting used to," 7 Sep. 2019 The Eagles opened the match red hot, winning the first seven points en route to a dominating first-set victory. Tim Schwartz,, "Centennial volleyball finishes strong in win against Hammond," 27 Sep. 2019 According to Spain's notorious pot stirrers Diaro Gol, the Spanish giants are desperate to sign the red hot Egyptian, after a disappointing season in La Liga., "Spanish Report Claims Real Madrid are Ready to Table Outrageous Offer to Land Liverpool Star," 8 Apr. 2018 Partisan tensions are red hot at the moment with impeachment proceedings in Washington. Skyler Swisher,, "Sunrise expects big crowds, traffic gridlock for ‘unprecedented’ Trump rally," 25 Nov. 2019 Wild card: Mead — The fourth-seeded Mavericks (22-3) enter the tournament red hot, having lost just two sets since Oct. 1. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Colorado state volleyball tournament primer," 14 Nov. 2019

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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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“Red-hot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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