Definition of in the heat of the moment in English:

in the heat of the moment

phrase

  • While temporarily angry, excited, or engrossed, and without stopping for thought.

    ‘things said in the heat of the moment’
    • ‘Sadly at this moment all that was found in the heat of the moment, was two angry faces, two rapidly beating hearts and one truth.’
    • ‘That had been all too short, and the ones the night before that had been frenzied, excited ones caught in the heat of the moment.’
    • ‘‘I think there's nothing more dangerous than adopting legislation in the heat of the moment,’ he says.’
    • ‘One thing is certain, rugby will always be a very tough game, in which injuries can be expected, and in most cases there is very little a referee can do to prevent many of them in the heat of the moment.’
    • ‘Given that there are not too many really competent referees on the rounds, it should be natural that a player not be judged alone on the instant opinion of an official in the heat of the moment.’
    • ‘‘Sometimes you can say things in the heat of the moment that you regret, so he decided to go home,’ said Terry Gibson, his assistant.’
    • ‘As a young lad trying to make his way in the game, Matt would have been desperate to impress Mark Hughes and his backroom staff and maybe he got a little bit carried away with himself in the heat of the moment.’
    • ‘Prosecutor David McGonigal said that when Nagy was arrested he admitted he may have told her in the heat of the moment that he was going to kill her but denied he would have carried out the threat.’
    • ‘He might add that things happen in the heat of the moment but - and the ‘but’ is crucial - they cannot therefore be justified.’
    • ‘My theory: in the heat of the moment, Gemma became too flustered to concentrate on the sound coming through her earpiece, and so panicked and chose the wrong key.’
    • ‘Householders who kill burglars in the heat of the moment will not face prosecution, the Director of Public Prosecutions pledged yesterday.’
    • ‘I've said things in the heat of the moment but you can't honestly have executives talking up share prices just to get a short-term result.’
    • ‘‘We always say things in the heat of the moment that we'd have preferred not to have said, and that was one of them,’ he replied.’
    • ‘Offering such information takes away moral issues and obligations, even if uttered under the influence and in the heat of the moment.’
    • ‘Are we truly ready to sacrifice our own harmony, present and future, because, in the heat of the moment, we are unwilling to admit to or listen to an opposing view?’
    • ‘Of course, you should write about how you're feeling, but not in the heat of the moment when something/someone has really annoyed you.’
    • ‘However, one man did say that some locals were concerned that such a thing could have happened in the area even it had been done in the heat of the moment.’
    • ‘Instead, though, I'll hang on to it, and use it as a warning to myself every time I'm on the verge of writing something in the heat of the moment.’
    • ‘The Irish recognised that this was said in the heat of the moment and accepted the apology which came via the Scottish Rugby Union.’
    • ‘I am hoping that the prime minister - maybe in the heat of the moment - said something that he did not intend to.’