hot potato


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hot potato

A popular term for a controversial issue, which alludes to the fact that cooked potatoes retain heat because of their high water content, and are thus hard to handle.
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Mnuchin contends that workers currently bear 70 percent of the corporate tax burden 6 or get stuck with 70 percent of the corporate tax hot potato.
With no profit in its two years of trading and a restaurant reviewer dubbing them 'Spuddy Hell'', Gordon realises Hot Potato may have had its chips.
But this game of hot potato infuriated the westerners.
Written for his nephews, the treatise on pagan literature handles this hot potato with common sense, showing what to embrace in (especially) Homer and Plato (Basil's other writings are suffused with these, e.
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One hot potato in the press has been the settlement between Alto Parana and the provincial government for alleged environmental violations.
Job growth will obviously be a political hot potato.
Abraham's announcement likely won't quell those scientific disputes and may propel the nuclear-waste hot potato into the hands of the nation's judiciary.
It's a hot potato for both buyer and seller and has messed up more than one sale.
Most of the FASB forces are ill-equipped to handle Capitol Hill's politicians and professional staff with the finesse and diplomacy required to satisfactorily resolve this political hot potato.
He effectively used an imaginary hot potato to illustrate the time-honored American tradition of "passing the buck.
It wasn't until her new Dad, George, cradled her in his arm, jiggled her tummy, and said, "You're full of hot potato soup