too hot to handle


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too hot to handle

1. Literally too hot to pick up or touch. The steak just came out of the pan, so it's too hot to handle right now. I'll cut it after it rests.
2. Too taboo or risky for a particular setting or audience. The scandal was a little too hot to handle for the evening news without heavily censoring the details.
See also: handle, hot

too hot to handle

If someone or something is too hot to handle, they are so dangerous, difficult, or extreme that people do not want to be involved with them. Even for someone of his skill and experience, the situation proved too hot to handle. Wherever he has been based, his host country has eventually found him too hot to handle.
See also: handle, hot
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I want to move them into the gutter but can only do that if more people register their phone and make their phones too hot to handle by thieves.
When the situation gets too hot to handle, the Naylors keep everyone in check with their neck-rolling, sistah-girl admonishments.
The Medicare Commission, brand new though it is, appears to be taking on the pallid role of a sideshow, or at least a convenient place to tuck away concepts that are temporarily too hot to handle.
The pour was stopped, we helpers fled, The foundry ceiling basked in red, The reactor now too hot to handle, Looked like a giant Roman candle,
The CIA did indeed say no--but not until early July, almost three weeks after the break-in when things were getting too hot to handle.
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Rebecca Linney stepped down from her usual 800m staple but still proved too hot to handle to pick up a 400m PB of 58.
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