in the heat of (something)

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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.
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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
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In the heat of battle there had been no time for thought or calculation.
McNulty went against medical advice earlier in the season when he played with a fractured wrist and loose front teeth after they'd been pushed back in his mouth in the heat of battle.
Owens has become famous for his handling of players on the rugby field, gaining notoriety for his witty quips in the heat of battle.
"I know there have been suggestions of favouritism within the team and people say things in the heat of battle but I was always given an equal chance to win."