(also hot mike)
A microphone that is turned on, in particular one that amplifies or broadcasts a spoken remark that was intended to be private: she didn’t realize that her snarky comments were being said into a hot mic [as modifier]: an embarrassing hot mic moment
More example sentences
- I later learned that, unknown to us, we had had a hot mike for about 45 minutes.
- Caught on candid camera, whispered into a hot mic or blurted out on the campaign trail, gaffes are what make a presidential race hum.
- During the news conference, there were a few reporters who were caught on a hot mic coordinating their "gotcha" questions.
Definition of hot mic in:
- The US English dictionary