too hot to hold

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Hot items are stolen goods.

Adjective[edit]

too hot to hold someone

  1. (idiomatic, UK) A place that has too much police activity to harbor a fugitive unnoticed.
    • 1901, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles, p 18
      "He made England too hot to hold him, fled to Central America, and died there in 1876 of yellow fever."