Have you seen the new Calculus professor, Mr. Crow? He’s really handsome.
Oh my gosh! You have the hots for
I do not! I was just surprised that he’s so young, and kinda cute.
(sarcastically) Sure, I believe you. Did you check if he has a wedding ring?
No! I would never date my teacher.
Whatever you say…
Meaning: The expression “to have the hots for” someone means
to be strongly attracted to someone. The idiom is most often used by another
person, often in a teasing manner as in the example here. Here, Patty jokes
that Sandra “has the hots for”
the new professor after Sandra comments on the teacher being handsome. (usage
note: when using this idiom to discuss a teacher, no article is used,
presumably due to the 1980s Van Halen song “Hot For Teacher”)
Are you going to Tina’s party this weekend?
Maybe. Why do you ask?
Well, we all know you’ve had the hots for
her since High school.
What makes you say that?
I just always thought you had a crush on her but didn’t do anything because she
was dating Michael. Now that they’ve broken up…
No, I do not have the hots for Tina.
She’s just a friend.