hot potato Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "hot potato" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

hot potatonoun [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…
(Definition of hot potato from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “hot potato” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
sprint

a short and very fast race, such as the 100 metres, or the last part of a longer race that is run as fast as possible

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More