Definition of hot-stove in English:

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hot-stove

Pronunciation: /ˈhätˌstōv/

adjective

[attributive] North American
Denoting a discussion about a favorite sport carried on during the off-season: hot-stove speculation these postseason fans—known as the hot-stove league—will be in here all winter arguing about the strike zone
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  • THE NATIONAL LEAGUE MAY NOT HAVE WON THE World Series last year, the Giants coming up short in a seven-game classic with the Angels, but there is little question about which circuit was the busiest in the hot-stove season.
  • While the Yankees and the Red Sox hogged the hot-stove spotlight, it was the Angels who landed the best free-agent player in Guerrero and the top free-agent pitcher in power righthander Bartolo Colon.
  • The hottest happening of a very active hot-stove NBA summer was the Los Angeles Lakers' trade of O'Neal to the Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, and Brian Grant.

Origin

1950s: by association with discussions conducted around a heater in the winter.

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Syllabification: hot-stove

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