Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hot as... adj.

also hotter than...
[play on SE hot/hot adj.]

used in combs. below meaning extremely hot, whether in a SE use, i.e. temperature or various sl. uses, usu. sexuality.

In phrases

...a fire-cracker

1. (Can.) sexually promiscuous.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 573: since ca. 1910.

2. (US) sexually aroused.

[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 41: When I slipped my hand in that blouse, that bitch got hot as a firecracker.

3. (US) under suspicion, liable to arrest.

[UK] (ref. to 1920s) L. Duncan Over the Wall 32: ‘We’re getting hotter’n a firecracker on these little stick-ups we’ve pulled,’ I protested.
[US]‘William Lee’ Junkie (1966) 114: You’re hot as a firecracker in this town.
...a fresh-fucked fox in a forest fire (also hot as a hen laying a goose egg, hot as a forty-balled tomcat, hotter than..., ...a horn toad in a microwave)

(US) extremely hot, whether as to temperature or sexuality.

[US]J. Conroy World to Win 88: His jocker was waitin’ fer ’im, hot as a hen laying a goose egg.
[US]W. Fisher Waiters 227: I’m jus’ hotter than a chicken wid the pox.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 110: hot 1. passionate, see horny ‘He’s as hot as a pregnant fox in a forest fire!’.
[US](con. 1945) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 317: It’s a bitch down there. Hotter than a fresh fucked fox in a forest fire!
[US]R.M. Brown Southern Discomfort (1983) 27: Hot as a forty balled tomcat.
[US] in Maledicta VIII 237: She’s hotter than a fresh-fucked fox in a forest fire.
[US]College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Hotter than a horn toad in a microwave (phrase) Extremely hot.
B. Turner My Life as a Foreign Country n.p.: Jesus H Sergeant, I swear — it’s hotter’n a French whore in N’Orealns, even with the cloud cover.
...a (three-dollar) pistol (also hot as a two-dollar pistol, ...ten-cent-pistol, hotter than...)

1. (US, also hot as a bad girl’s dream, ...July jam, ...mustard) very angry.

[US]Z.N. Hurston Jonah’s Gourd Vine (1995) 43: You done got me jus’ ez hot ez July jam, and Ah ain’t got no mo’ use fuh yuh than Ah is for mah baby shirt.
[UK]D. Bolster Roll On My Twelve 22: ’E was ’ot as mustard was our skipper.
[US](con. 1930s) D. Wells Night People 69: The cat took my whole week’s salary in just four hands [...] He added fuel to the fire with seven words: ‘Let that be a lesson to you!’ [...] I was as hot as a bad girl’s dream.
[US]Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore I 172: A gambler who says, ‘I’m hotter’n a pistol,’ means only that he is having a run of luck [...] while the same expression applied to an elderly man may mean that he’s in a towering rage.

2. (US, also hot as a 45) suspicious, wanted by the police.

[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks n.p.: Hot as a 45, wanted by the police.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 102/2: Hot as a forty-five. (‘Forty-five’— large calibre pistol) 1. Wanted on a serious charge or series of charges.
[US]J. Thompson Getaway in Four Novels (1983) 57: I’m hot as a three-dollar pistol.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 804: hotter than a pistol – ‘Wanted’ by the police for a recent crime; public-enemy number one [...] A prisoner in a penitentiary who has extremely contraband articles in his possession.

3. (US) very popular or successful.

[US]B. Schulberg Harder They Fall (1971) 141: Stein was pistol-hot, so I thought we might as well cut ourselves in on some of his publicity.
[US]T. Southern ‘Razor Fight’ in Southern (1973) 28: Big Nail winnin’! [...] Big Nail hot as a two-dollah pistol!
[US]Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore I 172: A gambler who says, ‘I’m hotter’n a pistol,’ means only that he is having a run of luck.

4. (US) very hot.

[US]L. Brown Iron City 150: He fetched all the coal-oil he could find and he poured it on the fire. Hot? Whooeee! Hotter’n a two-dollar pistol on the Fourth of July.

5. (US black) sexually aroused.

[US]E. Bullins ‘Dandy’ in King Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 90: Dandy clutched the big yaller hot as a ten-cent-pistol gal to himself and worried how he would tell Jack Bowen in the morning that he had never touched his baby sister.
...a witch’s tit

(US) very hot.

[UK]P. Bowman Beach Red 43: I didn’t have enough oil in my rifle [...] it started getting as hot as a witch’s tit.
hotter than a little red wagon (also hotter than a bitch-wolf)

(US) of a woman, sexually voracious.

[US]Maledicta 1 (Summer) 17: If she is willing, [...] she is hotter than a little red wagon, or hotter than a bitch-wolf.