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    Hi,
    Is there an idiom that means that the public are debating and arguing with enthusiasm over a hot topic?
    Thank you in advance

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    Default Re: getting enthusiastic about a hot topic

    Quote Originally Posted by borhane View Post
    Hi,
    Is there an idiom that means that the public are debating and arguing with enthusiasm over a hot topic?
    Thank you in advance
    If it's something not serious, you can say, "It has caught the public's imagination". You could say that about a movie star's antics, or UFO reports, or the discovery of a missing link fossil, etc. but not for something seriously political or social.

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    Default Re: getting enthusiastic about a hot topic

    Unfortunately I need it in a political context.

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    Default Re: getting enthusiastic about a hot topic

    Well there is such an idiom, but unfortunately it's not really English. We have borrowed it from the French. But here in Canada, at least, it is commonly used:
    Cause célèbre

    I suspect it is not much used in the rest of the English speaking world. If using it in English, I would of course omit the accents.

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    Default Re: getting enthusiastic about a hot topic

    If something is a hot topic, people are debating/discussing it- hot topic is enough IMO.

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    Default Re: getting enthusiastic about a hot topic

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Well there is such an idiom, but unfortunately it's not really English. We have borrowed it from the French. But here in Canada, at least, it is commonly used:
    Cause célèbre

    I suspect it is not much used in the rest of the English speaking world. If using it in English, I would of course omit the accents.
    Good phrase but not restricted to politics. Could be anything.

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    Default Re: getting enthusiastic about a hot topic

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    Well, there's a political football, meaning a hot topic that's being passed around.
    The buzz in Washington is...

    The CNN page is called 'Political Hot Topics.'

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    Default Re: getting enthusiastic about a hot topic

    Hot button issue

    Heavily politicized issues are often called "hot button issues" because almost any position taken is sure to please one group of people and offend another.

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