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1. To increase in heat; to heat up (something). Primarily heard in UK. I'm just waiting for this stew to hot up, and then we'll be ready to eat! I'm sorry about that, sir, would you like me to hot up that steak for you?
2. To make or become more intense, interesting, or exciting. Primarily heard in UK. The election campaigns for the local MP are really hotting up. I feel like my relationship with Darren is really beginning to hot up.
have the hots for (someone or something)
1. To have a strong sexual attraction to one. I think Jenny has the hots for my brother.
2. By extension, to have a strong desire for something. Dan's always got the hots for the latest technological fads.
have the hots for someone
Sl. to be sexually aroused by someone. Perry has the hots for Earline.
have the hots for someoneor
get the hots for someoneINFORMAL, RUDE
If someone has the hots for you or gets the hots for you, they are very strongly attracted to you sexually. It's obvious Catherine has the hots for Curran. Just as I suspected, Angie. You're starting to get the hots for James.
have the hots forbe sexually attracted to. informal
1996 Janette Turner Hospital Oyster One summer night, there was a man with a knife, a man on my own surveying team, a man I fancied, a man I knew had the hots for me.
get/have the ˈhots for somebody(informal) be sexually attracted to somebody: I reckon Jim’s really got the hots for you!
have hot pants (for someone)and have the hots (for someone)
tv. to be sexually aroused over someone in particular; to lust after someone. (Also with got as in the examples.) She really has hot pants for him. Yup, she’s got the hots, all right.