hot potatohot potato
Informal a troubling or seemingly insoluble problem, issue, etc. that no one wants to handle
A problem that is so controversial or sensitive that those handling it risk unpleasant consequences: gun control—a political hot potato.
(plural hot potatoes)
- (uncountable) A child's game in which players pass a ball or other item between them, with the object of avoiding being left holding the item when time expires.
- (countable, idiomatic) An awkward or delicate problem with which nobody wants to be associated.
- The politician hastened to distance himself from that political hot potato.