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piping hot

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Etymology

First attested circa second half of 14th century, from the similarity between the sizzling sound of food cooking in a frying pan and that of musical pipes, from Canterbury Tales [1] by Geoffrey Chaucer:

"He singeth brokking¹ as a nightingale.
He sent her piment, mead, and spiced ale,
And wafers² piping hot out of the glede³:
And, for she was of town, he proffer'd meed."
¹ quavering
² cakes
³ coals

Pronunciation

Adjective

piping hot (not comparable)
  1. (idiomatic) Very hot.
    "Don't touch the pie! It's piping hot, straight out of the oven."

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