Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Hot Potato

A hot potato is far too hot for the bare human hand to hold. A topic or issue that is a figurative "hot potato" is too hot to handle; everyone wants to push the issue aside and avoid responsibility. It is a controversial or sensitive topic. Ex.: "Carnival Drops Antigua Like A Hot Potato." This means, Carnival (the cruise line) dropped Antigua from its ports of call list without any warning or debate, as if Antigua was physically too hot to hold onto. (This headline was on 30 Sept., 2009)

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