Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hot n.

[George Parker, Life’s Painter (1789): ‘a mixed kind of liquor, of beer and gin, with egg, sugar and nutmeg, drank mostly in night-houses, but when drank in a morning, it is called flannel’]

1. beer mixed with gin, plus egg and spices.

[UK]G. Parker Life’s Painter 135: Padding jack and diving Ned [...] Have made me drunk with hot, and stood / The racket for a dram.
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London II 324: The landlord; who declared it was as prime a pot of hot as he had made for the last fortnight.
[Aus] ‘It’s Only a Way He’s Got’ in ‘Banjo’ Paterson Old Bush Songs 84: Says she, ‘The night is very cold, / Pray, stand a drop of Hot’.

2. (US) a hot meal; thus collar a hot v., to eat a meal.

[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 46: {Man calling out order in restaurant kitchen:} How’s them hots comin.
[US](con. 1918) J.W. Thomason Fix Bayonets! 121: That’s what I got against this fighting stuff — it breaks into your three hots a day.
[US]Z.N. Hurston ‘Story in Harlem Sl.’ in Novels and Stories (1995) 1002: You got to get out on the beat and collar yourself a hot.
[US]M.H. Boulware Jive and Sl. n.p.: Collar a Hot ... Eating a meal.
[US]L. Heinemann Close Quarters (1987) 286: Real beds. Sheets once a week. Three hots a day.
[US](con. 1969–70) D. Bodey F.N.G. (1988) 98: A couple of times a week the Rear sends us hots, flood prepared and delivered in canisters.

3. (US) sexual intercourse [hot adj. (1a)].

[US]H.N. Cary Sl. of Venery.

4. see hot property under hot adj.

In compounds

hot with (n.)

hot spirits and water with sugar (cf. cold without under cold n.).

[UK] ‘The Execution’ in Bentley’s Misc. June 562: There is ‘punch,’ ‘cold without,’ ‘hot with,’ ‘heavy wet’.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Jorrocks Jaunts (1874) 244: He said [...] he would stand two glasses of ‘cold without’ if I would. ‘Hot with,’ said I, ‘and I’ll do it’.
[UK]C. Kingsley Alton Locke (1850) 58: Send me up a go of hot with, and I’ll sit up with him.
[UK]C. Reade It Is Never Too Late to Mend III 289: ‘Hot with,’ demanded the waiter [...] She poured first the brandy then the hot water into a tumbler.
[UK]T. Taylor Ticket-Of-Leave Man Act I: Three hots with —.
[UK]‘Cuthbert Bede’ Little Mr. Bouncer 66: ‘What did you mean [...] by saying that you gave the wet men callidum-cum and had frigidum sine yourselves?’ ‘It’s the short for hot-with and cold-without’.

In phrases

on the hot

(UK Und.) up to no good, engaged in crime.

[UK]‘The Trotting Horse’ in Convivialist in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) IV 17: Up comes some saucy kiddy, a scamp pon the hot, / But when he pulls the trigger, why I’m off just like a shot.
three hots and a cot (n.)

(US) three meals a day plus a bed for the night, often used as a rate of payment.

Commentary n.d. 230/1: Some characteristics pertinent to the creation of this fantasyland are [...] three daily meals and a bed (three hots and a cot),.
[US]N.Y. Times 28 Sept. 51: For a day’s work, each youth is paid 50 cents plus earning his room and board, or ‘three hots and a cot,’ as one youth described it.
[US](con. 1949) J.G. Dunne True Confessions (1979) 261: Knew a fellow once, had a bleeding ulcer, wanted to keep me around. Hundred a week, three hots and a cot, and a shot at the nigger maid.
[US]W. Kotzwinkle Midnight Examiner (1990) 135: If only the bastards would accept me, my old age would be assured. [...] Three hots and a cot, my own little cell, and Gregorian chants.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 4: Stoop labor for three hots and a cot.
[US]G. Pelecanos Drama City 172: Least I had some privacy in the cut. Three-hots-and-a-cot is lookin’ pretty good right now.
[US]G. Pelecanos Way Home (2009) 87: I’m not talkin about that three-hots-and-a-cot bullshit you hear all the time.