in the heat of the moment

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in the heat of the moment

At a moment when 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.
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in the heat of the moment

while temporarily angry, excited, or engrossed, and without stopping for thought.
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in the ˌheat of the ˈmoment

while in a state of strong emotion or excitement: I must apologize for the rude things I said yesterday in the heat of the moment.
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“I am afraid, Natty,” said Edwards, when the heat of the moment had passed, and his blood began to cool, “that we have all been equally transgressors of the law.
'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.
* Schaumburg native Brina Kay, a singer songwriter, recently released her third single, "Heat of the Moment," produced by Mike Anderson, a Nashville-based composer and producer.
Dawson, the Iron's interim boss said: "In the heat of the moment it was a difficult situation.
Sabrina has only recently revealed her life on the streets in Newport for two years, which she refers to as "another life", in her recently published book, The Heat of the Moment.
Writing in her book, The Heat of the Moment, Sabrina describes how a "fascist" attacked her when she was 16.
IANS New Delhi Explaining his remarks on the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday expressed regret for attributing his "Chowkidar Chor Hai" remarks to the top court and said he has incorrectly done so in the "heat of the moment".
Coovadia said that the president could have made the comment in the heat of the moment as elections are near.
'In the heat of the moment, I said things that I should not have said,' Aquino said.
The suspect had an argument with his father and brothers and, according to reports, in the heat of the moment, pulled out a pistol and started shooting.
Ritesh Choudhary, organising secretary of the national event said players were aware of the potential career-damaging repercussions of the actions taken by rival cyclists in the heat of the moment could cause.
'I know it was the heat of the moment but wrong is wrong and Sarfraz should apologize for such comments, ' he said.