blow hot and cold

blow hot and cold
also, run hot and cold

Meaning

  • to hesitate
  • to think or do something erratically
  • to change mood frequently about something or someone
  • to sometimes like or be interested in something or somebody and sometimes not

Example Sentences

  1. His mother kept blowing hot and cold about the idea of going abroad for education.
  2. He keep blow hot and cold. How can I trust him?
  3. This is not a good thing to blow hot and cold. Do what you want to do first.
  4. Why you are blowing hot and cold simultaneously? Tell me clearly whether you want to go with or not.
  5. Her boyfriend keeps running hot and cold whenever she asks him to marry her.
  6. Be concentrated and focus solely on one thing you want to do. Stop blowing hot and cold.
  7. I do not expect any type of help from him anymore whenever I call him he keeps blowing hot and cold.
  8. I don’t like people who run hot and cold at the same time.
  9. After being cheated, she now blow hot and cold every time before doing anything.

Origin

The idiomatic expression was possibly originated in Aesop’s Fables, or the Aesopica, a compilation of moral stories attributed to Aesop, a slave and narrator supposed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564.

The phrase entered the English language in the first half of the 17th century. It has been reiterated by many authors, most often telling a person who could not be trusted. William Chillingworth writes it: “These men can blow hot and cold out of the same mouth to serve several purposes” (The Religion of Protestants, 1638).

Synonyms

  • run hot and cold

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