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hot potato vs hot topic <-----Topic added to post by moderator (Florentia52)----->

Goodmorning everyone, is there anybody who knows if there is a difference between these two idioms?
Thanks in advance!
Have a nice day.
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  • Franco-filly

    Senior Member
    English - Southern England
    A hot topic is something that everyone is talking about
    A hot potato is
    a problem, situation, etc. that is difficult to deal with and causes a lot of disagreement:


    Senior Member
    USA, English
    It is a visual metaphor. A baked potato right from the oven is going to be too hot to hold in your hands for any length of time. Indeed if you have an opportunity to pass that hot potato to another person it then becomes that person's problem.

    A hot potato is an issue that no one wants to deal with (handle).
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