hot one n.
1. a violent blow.
|Bell’s Life in Victoria (Melbourne) 16 May 4/4: Bill [...] tried to put in a hot-un on the nob with the right.|
|Paved with Gold 184: If Ned gets one of jack’s ‘hot ’uns’ he must say good-by to day-light.|
|Sporting Life (London) 17 Oct. 3/4: Gillam for his trouble got a ‘hot ’un’ on the left peeper.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 103/1: Now, talk notties t’ wat I’m sayin’ or sum on ye ’ll git a hot-un!|
|Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 190: When Jacob was in peril of the big fellow’s mutton-fist dropping him a hot ’un.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 11 Apr. 17/4: Once up and facing his opponent again, the latter dropped him with a very hot one on his ear, and this settled the business. […] Pettengell soon came round after being attended to, and bore scarcely any signs of punishment.|
|Autobiog. of a Gipsey 76: [footnote] I hits the man a hot-’un in the face.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 1 June 3/3: The Never-Never Countryman handed the Jew a hot one on the nose.|
|By Bolo and Krag 203: I didn’t do a thing but land the whole crowd a few bunches of hot ones with both arms at the same time.|
|(con. WWII) Hollywoodland (1981) 20: I have these nightmares [...] That the carrier takes a hot one off the port quarter [...] and we have to jump for it.|
2. in fig. use of sense 1, an emphatic scolding.
|Sportsman 17 Jan. 2/1: Notes on News [...] But what have these poor North British Railway people done to deserve such ‘a hot’un’ from this prophetic advertising Jeremiah.|
3. a promiscuous woman.
|broadside ballad: They call me Happy Eliza, and I’m Converted Jane / We’ve been two hot ’uns in our time.|
|Truth (Sydney) 30 Mar. 11/5: They’re a pair of real red hot ’uns / [...] / And he do spend of a fortun’ /On them pair of daisy queens.|
4. an unpleasant place or experience.
|‘Career of a Scapegrace’ in Leicester Chron. 10 May 12/1: Don’t let ’em catch you cadging in this cursed country, or you’ll see the inside of Carnarvon stir, and a hot ’un it is’.|
5. an admirable individual, a good example, usu. with sexual overtones.
|‘’Arry on the Road’ in Punch 9 Aug. 83/1: Bin at it again. Oh, I ham sech a ’ot ’un all round.|
|‘’Arry on Song and Sentiment’ in Punch 14 Nov. 229/1: There, my pal, the ‘Big Bounce, is a hot ’un’.|
|Truth (Sydney) 8 July 7/1: Pat O’Toole is back from Melbourne. He says Duggan is a hot ’un.|
|Street in Suburbia 43: She may turn art a reg’lar art an’ art ’ot ’un.|
|Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1955) 18: By all accounts, ole Sweater used to be a regler ’ot un.|
|Gilt Kid 275: Chinky-eyed Len was a hot one. That ought to make the bogys go tearing all over the West End looking for him.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 402: Jinny’s a hot one, takes it in the hand, / The cheeks of her ass go Slam! Slam! Slam!|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 622: He’s a hot one, the Wop is. Aint he a hot one?|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 77: He had a beautiful silky hot one.East in|
|Native Tongue 29: I saw a couple of hot ones out by the swimming pool.|
6. (US) something powerful.
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 4 Nov. 2/4: ‘I manipulated the sphere and sent hot ones over into the man in the cage’.|
7. a ‘difficult’, socially unrestrained person.
|‘’Arry’s Visit to the Moon’ in Punch Christmas Number in (2006) 166: You’re a ’ot ’un to give yourself hairs.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 17 Jan. 1/4: For he never ’as met such a ’ot ’un / Before in the earth , sea or air.|
|De Omnibus 32: Ike is a ’ot un.|
|Vultures of the City in Illus. Police News 8 Dec. 12/1: ‘I wonders if the old barrow-night has pegged out yet. Don’t like a-dying, these rich blokes don’t. I’ve heard as he’s been a hot ’un in his time; if he slings his hook to-night he’ll go off with fireworks.|
|Bodies are Dust (2019) [ebook] ‘That’s a hot one! [...] That guy can’t read or write, only sign his name’.|
|Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 11: He was a hot one all right, this boy. People kept on his right side, or kept away.|
|Swell-Looking Babe 70: I saw we’d caught a hot one right away.|
8. something shocking, surprising or exciting, or funny.
|Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 93: Just before ’e sent ye down, ye dropped a ’ot ’un on ’is beak.|
|Barkeep Stories 51: ‘Dat’s a hot one [...] You’ll be de champion o’ de world sure if you kin do dat’.|
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 80: ‘Well, this big flatty [...] can be bulled easier’n a get-rich-quick come-on. The gang had him over in Clancy’s the other night an’ they framed up a hot one for him’.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 119: I’m goin’ to pass them a hot one [i.e. suggestion].|
|Blackburn Times 12 Feb. 2/2: ‘Yo meen to say as th’ Tory party’s bin seducted?‘ (Laughing) ‘Well, that’s a hot un!’.|
|Adventures of a Boomer Op. 38: Say [...] that was a hot one you handed our fat friends about the furniture polish. Ha, Ha.|
|Lost Plays of Harlem Renaissance (1996) 99: Milly’s husband [...] looking for me with a gun! Say, that’s a hot one.Girl From Back Home in Hatch & Hamalian|
|Gilt Kid 292: ‘It is clear that the English police, in addition to being the most efficient are the fairest in the world.’ ‘That’s a hot one.’.|
|Tucker’s People (1944) 64: Well, you got that hot one off your chest, now listen.|
|Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 196: One of the characters has unloaded a hot one on the assembled company.|
|‘Moonshine’ in Best of Manhunt (2019) [ebook] This was going to be a hot one to tell the boys, all right.|
|Exit 3 and Other Stories 104: ‘That’s a hot one!’ said Wally, slapping his thigh and bursting out laughing.|
|Indep. on Sun. 30 Jan. 30: Captain! Hot one! Surf’n’Turf, the top easy listening combo featuring any number of television current affairs.|
9. (gambling) a winning tip.
|Checkers 19: The owner himself is going to ‘put me next’ [...] It’ll be a ‘hot one.’ [Ibid.] 140: It must be a ‘hot one’ – I wonder what the odds will be.|
|Hand-made Fables 88: [He] was carrying on with the Footlight Favourite and exchanging Hot Ones with Jimmy the Sport.|
|Dark Hazard (1934) 31: If you know any more hot ones, let me know.|
10. something or someone appealing.
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 24 Feb. 11/3: Here’s a hot one in the shape of a circular showing how they do things in Rock Springs, Wyo.|
|Neon Wilderness (1986) 98: That was a hot one, ten bucks and the guy’s own pants thrown in.|
|CUSS 140: Hot one A sexually attractive person, female. A quick or witty person.et al.|
11. (US und.) a recently stolen automobile.
|San Bernadino Co. Sun (CA) 25 Mar. 41/1: A hot one — car stolen in past 24 hours and reported.|
12. a good idea or plan.
|Gonif 47: We’ve been working on a hot one, Red.|
13. (UK black gang) a murder.
|(con. 1984) Monster (1994) 245: I [...] asked how many hot ones – murders – it [i.e. a gun] had on it.|
14. (US police) a bullet, a gunshot.
|No Lights, No Sirens 174: I was locked and loaded. First one to make any move was getting a hot one.|
15. see also sl. compounds under hot adj.