The weather is hot here in Nashville, so here are some hot idioms about heat and fire!
- put the heat on (someone) – to put pressure on someone to act
Duane is putting the heat on the teachers to turn in their grades today.
- take the heat – to accept criticism or scolding
I took the heat from our parents about the broken window, so now you owe me a favor.
- to heat up – to become exciting (often refers to a competition)
My team scored another goal! This game is heating up!
- hot off the press – very recent, as in a news story
Did you hear the news about that actress? It’s hot off the press.
- to be in hot water – to be in a lot of trouble
If you take my lunch from the fridge, you will be in hot water.
- to be fired up – to be very excited
He is fired up about his new job. The pay is good and he gets to travel.
- to play with fire – to get into a dangerous situation
Are you driving without a license? You are playing with fire – you could go to jail!
- to be on fire – to be very successful
I made A’s on all of my exams. I am on fire this term!
- to light a fire under someone – to pressure someone to work quickly
Beth had to light a fire under her students to them turn in their essays.
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