hotter than a pistol

hotter than a pistol

1. Very hot in temperature; very hot to the touch. Stay away from the stove right now—it's hotter than a pistol! Take some water with you. It's hotter than a pistol out there today.
2. Very angry. The boss is hotter than a pistol about that printing error, so I'd keep my distance if I were you.
3. Very popular or successful. That toy is hotter than a pistol this holiday season. We can barely keep it on the shelves! Hamilton has made Lin-Manuel Miranda hotter than a pistol—and a household name.
See also: hot, pistol
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