too hot to handle

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too hot to handle

1. Literally too hot to pick up or touch. The steak just came out of the pan, so it's too hot to handle right now. I'll cut it after it rests.
2. Too taboo or risky for a particular setting or audience. The scandal was a little too hot to handle for the evening news without heavily censoring the details.
See also: handle, hot

too hot to handle

If someone or something is too hot to handle, they are so dangerous, difficult, or extreme that people do not want to be involved with them. Even for someone of his skill and experience, the situation proved too hot to handle. Wherever he has been based, his host country has eventually found him too hot to handle.
See also: handle, hot
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"The trend in cookware," says Annemarie Fourie, "is to take the pot from the stove to the oven to the table--so the handles must not be too hot to handle." In other words, find a way of carrying the hot pot without burning your hands.