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In the Heat of the Moment

You use the expression ‘In the Heat of the Moment’ to indicate that you’ve said or done something without thinking because you were feeling angry or excited.

Example of use: “I’m afraid I was very rude; I was caught up in the heat of the moment.”

Interesting fact about In the Heat of the Moment

The origin of the phrase ‘in the heat of the moment’ is not known; it became popular late in the 20th century.