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piping hot

Very hot.

Etymology:

  • Middle English. First attested circa second half of 14th century, from the similarity between the sizzling sound of food cooking in a frying pan and that of musical pipes, from Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer:
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"Don't touch the pie! It's piping hot, straight out of the oven.".

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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