too hot to hold (someone)

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too hot to hold (someone)

Describes a place that a person can no longer stay in, due to their transgressions, misconduct, or criminal activities. The notorious gangster eventually had to flee New York City, as it had become too hot to hold him after two decades of theft and murder. I'm transferring to a college in Oregon next fall; my last school got to be too hot to hold me.
See also: hold, hot

too hot to hold you

(of a place) not safe to remain in because of your past misconduct.
1984 Gwyn Jones A History of the Vikings Of Naddod we read that he was…a viking of note who seems to have made Norway and other Norse settlements too hot to hold him.
See also: hold, hot