Posted by ESC on July 13, 2003
In Reply to: Heat! posted by Henry on July 13, 2003
: : : : Hi folks,
: : : : Could you think of any interesting phrases or idioms to decribe the extreme heat of this summer?
: : : hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk?
: : "90 degrees in the shade", "a scorcher",
: Hot town, summer in the city
: Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
: Been down, isn't it a pity
: Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city
: All around, people looking half dead
: Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head
: from The Lovin' Spoonful
That old favorite:
Hotter than the hinges of hell. Variation: hotter than the brass hinges of hell.
And a few adapted from "This Dog'll Hunt: An Entertaining Texas Dictionary" by Wallace O. Chariton (Wordware Publishing, Piano, Texas, 1989, 1990):
So hot the chickens are laying hard-boiled eggs.
So hot my boots are blistered.
So hot the corn's popping on the stalk.
Hot as hell's door handle.
Hot as hell with the blower on.
Hot as the devil's roasting fork.
Hot enough to sunburn a horned toad.
Hot enough to make hell look like an ice planet.
Hot as a depot stove.
Hot enough to boil spit on the sidewalk.