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English definition of “in the heat of the moment”

in the heat of the moment

If you say or do something in the heat of the moment , you say or do it without thinking because you are very angry or excited : He didn't mean it - he said it in the heat of the moment .Anger and displeasure
(Definition of in the heat of the moment from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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