hot potato Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “hot potato” - English Dictionary

Definition of "hot potato" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

hot potatonoun [C]

 /ˈhɑt pəˈteɪ·t̬oʊ/ infml
a ​situation or ​subject that ​peopledisagreestrongly about and that no one ​wants to ​deal with: The ​issue of ​immigrationbecame a ​political hot potato.
(Definition of hot potato from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definition of "hot potato" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

hot potatonoun [C]

uk   us  
a ​problem, ​situation, etc. that is ​difficult to ​deal with and ​causes a lot of ​disagreement: The ​abortionissue is a politicalhotpotato in the United States.
(Definition of hot potato from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hot potato”
in Chinese (Simplified) 棘手的事情,麻烦事…
in Chinese (Traditional) 棘手的事情,麻煩事, 燙手山竽…
What is the pronunciation of hot potato?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More