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Idiom

In the Heat of the Moment: Origin and Meaning

Meaning
In the heat of the moment: If you say or do something in the heat of the moment, you say or do it without thinking because you are very angry or excited
Origin

Jump on the bandwagonThis idiom has been in use since the latter part of the 1900s’. The origin is not clear.

Examples
– He really didn’t mean what he said about you. He said it in the heat of the moment.
– He was very stressed and frustrated and in the heat of the moment, quit his job.
– She had a big argument with her husband and in the heat of the moment, left him.
– He lost his head in the heat of the moment and tried to hit the police officer.
– In sports, most offences are actually committed in the heat of the moment. The offenders usually rue their actions later.