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hot potato

noun [C] /ˈhɑt pəˈteɪ·t̬oʊ/ infml
a situation or subject that people disagree strongly about and that no one wants to deal with: The issue of immigration became a political hot potato.
Translations of “hot potato”
in Chinese (Traditional) 棘手的事情,麻煩事, 燙手山竽…
in Chinese (Simplified) 棘手的事情,麻烦事…
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