too hot to hold (someone)

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too hot to hold (someone)

Describes a place that a person can no longer stay in, due to their transgressions, misconduct, or criminal activities. The notorious gangster eventually had to flee New York City, as it had become too hot to hold him after two decades of theft and murder. I'm transferring to a college in Oregon next fall; my last school got to be too hot to hold me.
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too hot to hold you

(of a place) not safe to remain in because of your past misconduct.
1984 Gwyn Jones A History of the Vikings Of Naddod we read that he was…a viking of note who seems to have made Norway and other Norse settlements too hot to hold him.
See also: hold, hot
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The Squire of the parish calls me a Communist; the farmers denounce me as an Incendiary; my friend the rector has been recalled in a hurry, and I have now the honor of speaking to you in the character of a banished man who has made a respectable neighborhood too hot to hold him.
Such was the conduct which made the neighborhood too hot to hold me.
He made England too hot to hold him, fled to Central America, and died there in 1876 of yellow fever.
 She wisely left a throne too hot to hold her.
Now, if I went on with you as I do with her when I'm in London, you'd make the house too hot to hold me at times, I'll be sworn.
I am for a swarming time, and a flight before the hive is too hot to hold us," said the bee-hunter, to whom it will be at once seen that Middleton addressed himself.
But, the study said, young Earth was way too hot to hold on to those volatile elements, which also included other noble gases like helium as well as hydrogen, carbon and nitrogen - they would have boiled off the whistling kettle that was Earth and into outer space.
But when he was on sentry during the night, if there were no working parties or patrols out, he would be blazing away all the time and wouldn't cease until his rifle became too hot to hold.
That's why you can put a magazine downrange and still grab the barrel of your rifle, but the suppressor is too hot to hold.
Sadly, with summer approaching, it's too hot to hold it there any longer.
On that day and on another sub-zero session, without refreshing the lube, the REC-7 was repeatedly shot too hot to hold, left with the receiver open to blowing ice dust until cold, then fired smokin' hot again.
At very hot temperatures the barrels will be too hot to hold after four shots (two from each barrel) and rapid fire at moving or wounded game will burn one's forehand.
BAKARY Sako could become too hot to hold onto, says manager Dean Saunders.
Ikeme had his fingers stung by a fierce Lee Martin piledriver from 25 yards which was too hot to hold at the first attempt.
If your curlers are too hot to hold they are too hot for your hair and will damage it.