in the heat of

in the heat of (something)

During a time of extreme action, emotion, or agitation. Soldiers have to train themselves not to feel fear in the heat of battle. Many nasty, incendiary remarks were made in the heat of the debate. In the heat of the moment, I completely forgot to ask my question.
See also: heat, of

in the heat of

In the most intense or active stage of some activity or condition. For example, One never knows how soldiers will behave in the heat of battle, or In the heat of the moment she accepted his proposal, or In the heat of the negotiations he forgot to call his wife. [Late 1500s]
See also: heat, of
References in periodicals archive ?
Pearson said on Friday: "I have had run-ins with fans in the past and in the heat of the moment, these things happen and there won't be any apology.
Tall and sunburned, with the thick features of an ex-jock and a vestigial drawl from his Louisiana childhood, Autry played guys named Whitey and Bubba on shows like "Hunter," "The Dukes of Hazzard," and "In the Heat of the Night" A few weeks before, be had made the national news by declaring immigration policy the focus of his second term in office.