hot potato


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hot potato

n. Informal
A problem that is so controversial or sensitive that those handling it risk unpleasant consequences: gun control—a political hot potato.

hot potato

n
slang an awkward or delicate matter

hot′ pota′to


n.
Informal. a situation or issue that is difficult, unpleasant, or risky to deal with.
[1840–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hot potato - a difficult situation; "he dropped the topic like a hot potato"
situation - a complex or critical or unusual difficulty; "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"; "that's quite a situation"; "no human situation is simple"
Translations

hot potato

n (fam) → patata bollente
to drop sb/sth like a hot potato → piantare in asso qn/qc
References in classic literature ?
Make haste, for there's a hot potato besides, and half a pint of fresh-drawn beer in a bottle.
While this discourse was holding, Trotty made no pause in his attack upon the savoury meat before him, but cut and ate, and cut and drank, and cut and chewed, and dodged about, from tripe to hot potato, and from hot potato back again to tripe, with an unctuous and unflagging relish.
This is a political hot potato,'' said Jack Stecker, post chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign Wars post No.
The Hot Potato Cabaret Marquee has a packed line-up which runs from Saturday to Monday.
THE laughs will be at Hartlepool's Hot Potato Comedy Club on Friday, July 30.
I thought the puck was bouncing everywhere,'' Giguere said, ``and I felt like it was a hot potato, and it seemed like nobody could get control of the puck, myself included.
The set design is a work of art, the performers - led by Jamie Day as a contact-lens-impaired hot potato - across the board are excellent.
Tickets for Catch 22 are pounds 9/pounds 11 front row reserved, details 01642 525199; Hot Potato tickets are pounds 8, concessions, details 01429 890000.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - Work crews played a massive game of hot potato Wednesday, unloading 50,000 pounds of spuds assembly-line-style after a big rig carrying the produce veered off the Golden State Freeway near Pyramid Lake.
Early-bird tickets are now on sale for two of Teesside comedy clubs - Middlesbrough's Big Mouth and Hartlepool's Hot Potato comedy clubs.
We were told by the next generation that (they) might come up with an idea then someone would say it's too Python-esque and it would be dropped like a hot potato.
The town's Hot Potato Comedy Club has also announced that it is to extend its credit crunching Comedy For A Fiver ticket offer to include shows in October and November.