in the heat of the moment

in the heat of the moment

In the moment while one is overly angry, excited, or eager, without pausing to consider the consequences. The argument got pretty nasty, and, in the heat of the moment, we both said some things we really regret. Parties with large crowds can sometimes get out of hand, with people doing stupid things in the heat of the moment.
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in the heat of the moment

COMMON If you do or say something in the heat of the moment, you do it without thinking, because you are angry or excited. We all do things in the heat of the moment which we then regret. He said that his comments were made in the heat of the moment and were not supposed to be a personal attack.
See also: heat, moment, of
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a little trifle here, thrown off in the heat of the moment, which I should say was exactly the thing you wanted to set this place on fire with.
Newman accompanied this very unusual outbreak with a violent blow upon the table, as if, in the heat of the moment, he had mistaken it for the chest or ribs of Mr Wackford Squeers.
That he had thought he would have lots of time to put it in afterwards--when required--and, that, in the heat of the moment, he had forgotten all about it.
Believing, as I did, that you had got the lost Diamond hidden about you, while you were speaking, your coolness so provoked me that I got bold enough, in the heat of the moment, to give you a hint.
Pearson said in the wake of the incident: "I have had run-ins with fans in the past and in the heat of the moment these things happen and there won't be any apology.
Pearson said on Friday: "I have had run-ins with fans in the past and in the heat of the moment, these things happen and there won't be any apology.