not so hot

not so hot

1. Not very good; not completely healthy or well. That burger I ate wasn't so hot, but their soup was delicious! Her track record hasn't been so hot lately. We'll have to keep an eye on her work. I'm not feeling so hot this morning. I think I may have the 'flu.
2. Not as good as one believes. A: "I can't believe we have to play against last year's champions in the first game of the tournament!" B: "Eh, they're not so hot. I think we can take 'em!"
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not so hot

Inf. not very good. The service here is not so hot. This restaurant is highly overrated.
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not so/too ˈhot

(informal) not very well, healthy, etc.; not very good: ‘How do you feel today?’ ‘Not so hot.’Her work’s not too hot, is it? I thought she’d be better than this!
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References in classic literature ?
"Then I say yes," said Stryver: "I won't go up there now, I am not so hot upon it as that comes to; I say yes, and I shall expect you to look in to-night.
My pal has a hot brother, but she acts as if I should be behaving like a sister to him.When I mention how hot he is, she asks me: really?, and I have to pretend he is not so hot.
But although the young centre-back would represent a brilliant long-term buy for the Blues, his Fantasy value is not so hot.
But although the young centreback would represent a brilliant long-term buy for the Blues, his Fantasy value is not so hot.
Not so hot: blueberry muffin (460 calories, 15 grams fat, 450 milligrams sodium, 44 grams sugars).
ITV's new pounds 4m golden girl, although she's probably not so hot with fed-up BBC bosses.
I bought mine this way too and got not so hot tickets, but better than nothing.
That's great on the night, not so hot on the album.
It's absolutely beautiful and not so hot that you can't get out and enjoy the scenery.
While the old lacquer look that many associate with Asian furniture is not so hot anymore, Coplan says that accessories--accent chests, vases, ceramics and lamps--are slowly attracting interest again.
If you like your lattes, teas, and cafe au laits really hot, you may be upping your risk of esophageal cancer by as much as four times over not so hot controls, and even more for those with diets high in animal fats, meat, and salt.
Good publicity in the fight against our local Cosa Nostra lookalikes maybe, but not so hot when you learn that the Sicilian Mafia has thrived for a thousand years.
Martin O'Neill has made some very good buys - Carew, Young, Reo-Coker, Maloney - others not so hot.
The girls, though, were hardworking and determined, if not so hot at DIY.