red-hot poker

noun

Definition of red-hot poker

: a south African herb (Kniphofia uvaria) of the lily family having long linear leaves and tall spikes of bright red, orange-red, or yellow flowers

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She was interrogated by the Gestapo 14 times and tortured, her back scorched with a red-hot poker and all of her toenails pulled out. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Code Name: Lise’ Review: The War’s Most Decorated Woman," 11 Jan. 2019 Examples of easy-to-plant perennials are bear's breeches, hostas, and red-hot pokers. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Easy-To-Grow Plants You Should Plant This Spring," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of red-hot poker

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red-hot poker was in 1884

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