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English definition of “drop sb/sth like a hot potato”

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drop sb/sth like a hot potato

informal
to quickly stop being involved with someone or something because you stop liking that person or thing or you think they will cause problems for you: He dropped the plan like a hot potato when he realized how much it would cost him.
Translations of “drop sb/sth like a hot potato”
in Chinese (Traditional) 立即擺脫,馬上放棄…
in Chinese (Simplified) 立即摆脱,马上放弃…
(Definition of drop sb/sth like a hot potato from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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