to blow hot and cold

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - blow hot and cold

"to blow hot and cold"

to change one's opinion often on a matter;

to vacillate


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - blow hot and cold

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Well? What is it today? Are we to be allowed to work flex-time?

Colleague 2:  The boss is leaning in that direction today but the workload is light today.

Colleague 1:  Great. And yesterday when the workload was heavy, the boss did not think that flex-time would work.

Colleague 2:  And tomorrow? Who knows?

Colleague 1:  It is a little difficult to make plans in one's life when the boss keeps blowing hot and cold over this major issue.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - blow hot and cold

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How is it going with your boyfriend?

Friend 2:  I am getting really frustrated. For a couple of days, he calls and texts me and we go out and have lots of fun. Then for a week, I hear nothing from him and when I call him, he doesn't seem interested at all.

Friend 1:  When a guy blows hot and cold like that, I would say it is a warning sign that he is probably dating other women.

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to blow hot and cold - Gerund Form:

Blowing hot and cold on whether or not he wanted to go, we finally left without him.

to blow hot and cold - Examples:

1)  ... can PDP approbate and reprobate at the same time or blow hot and cold?

2)  ... can be brilliant when he's on song. The winger may blow hot and cold for Swansea, but he's brilliant to watch when things are going his way ...

3)  ... continues to blow hot and cold when it comes to accepting GM technology even in agriculture. 

4)  ... on polluting hydrocarbons instead of renewables. The government continues to blow hot and cold on modern and cleaner forms of energy.

5)  Louis seems to blow hot and cold. One minute he's doing everything he can to make her happy, but ...

6)  For the first time, after blowing hot and cold, the President announced that steps would be taken to conduct the election during the ...

7)  After blowing hot and cold in the opening round that gave him a mediocre return of one-over par, ...

8)  They can not be heard to approbate and reprobate, blowing hot and cold simultaneously.

9)  Global markets have been blowing hot and cold in recent weeks over the Fed's intentions, which remain far from clear after ...

10)  ... blowing hot and cold in the process. Sometimes he got it right while sometimes he got it completely wrong.

11)  And presidents have blown hot and cold about it. Kennedy liked it, while the tall Lyndon Johnson couldn't fit ...

12)  ... has blown hot and cold, as he missed a few goalable penalties and made some handling errors.

13)  ... who have had a topsy-turvy campaign so far where they have blown hot and cold.

14)  He's blown hot and cold, showing glimpses of his best and threatening to challenge, but ultimately failing to ...

15)  More recently, however, he has blown hot and cold -- one moment saying there was nothing to fear from Brexit; the next, ...

16)  During his election campaign, he blew hot and cold against his allies and opponents alike.

17)  Their music was a constant through friendships that blew hot and cold, romances that erupted spectacularly, and teachers who made our days feel long and ...

18)  My mother was a very difficult woman. She blew hot and cold with her emotions and was impossible to please. Heaven knows I tried.

19)  The relationship between the federal government and its public sector employees blew hot and cold this week, with the announcement of both a deal and a lawsuit between the ...

20)  ... dictator denied there was a split between Sunnis and Shi'ites. He blew hot and cold on the Prophet's birthday event known as Mawlid, sometimes limiting it in Libya ...