in the heat of (something)

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in the heat of (something)

During a time of extreme action, emotion, or agitation. Soldiers have to train themselves not to feel fear in the heat of battle. Many nasty, incendiary remarks were made in the heat of the debate. In the heat of the moment, I completely forgot to ask my question.
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in the heat of

In the most intense or active stage of some activity or condition. For example, One never knows how soldiers will behave in the heat of battle, or In the heat of the moment she accepted his proposal, or In the heat of the negotiations he forgot to call his wife. [Late 1500s]
See also: heat, of
References in classic literature ?
In the heat of battle there had been no time for thought or calculation.
Owens has become famous for his handling of players on the rugby field, gaining notoriety for his witty quips in the heat of battle.
Whereas a game like Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six put players in the role of a special counter-terrorist operative, we'll show them what it will feel like to be a company commander in the heat of battle.