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*in heat

in a period of sexual excitement; in estrus. (Estrus is the period of time in which females are most willing to breed. This expression is usually used for animals. It has been used for humans in a joking sense. *Typically: be ~; get [into] ~; go [into] ~.) Our dog is in heat. She goes into heat every year at this time.
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in heat

In a state of sexual excitement immediately preceding ovulation. For example, Our cat's in heat so we have to keep her inside. This expression applies to most female mammals and indicates the period when the animal is fertile and most receptive to mating. [Mid-1700s]
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Ellis reeled off a second win in heat four but that was cancelled out by Nielsen in the next race, and Bees' hopes of a major advantage from Heat 6 were foiled as Andersen ran a last even though Harris clocked the fastest winning time of the night.
King worked hard to split Doyle and Morris in heat seven but it still left Bees six points down and that became eight when Charles Wright overhauled Garrity in the next, the Bees second-string still appearing to be down on top-end power rather than any lack in his riding ability.
Joonas Kylmakorpi nullified Lindgren's swift getaway in heat nine when on double points by gassing it around the Swede tight to the fence on turn four to perform the overtake of the night, but Wolves also shared heats 10 and 11, the former seeing David Howe block Janniro's every move until the Bees man overcooked it on the last turn, and the latter resulting in Richardson kept behind Nicholls on a tactical ride.
Wolves sprung a surprise 5-1 in heat 12 when Grieves, a Glasgow stalwart producing some impressive performances with Premier League rivals Newcastle this year, and Johnston both beat Risager, the Aussie bundling under the young Dane, and Richardson then avenged his defeat by Nicholls to repel his Team GB colleague's chase in heat 13.
Following his first-bend crash in heat three, Richardson bravely won both the re-run and heat five, but then went to hospital for X-rays.
Oxford, a team who have descended into the Elite League doldrums in recent weeks, dug deep to record successive 5-1s in heats eight and nine, but Bees always possessed that extra punch and victory was secured by a 5- 1 from Shaun Tacey and Stuart Robson in heat 14.