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He has started feeling the heat of the chill.

Is the above sentence correct grammatically and does it make some sense? We know that the word "heat" can be used in the following ways - "..... in the heat of the moment" or "... feeling the heat".

So is such a sentence, trying to emphasize the cold weather, correct?

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I think it is a poor choice. I certainly understand the intent of the sentence: cold can burn (and cook), but "heat" is more a reference to temperature. –  horatio Dec 20 '11 at 15:47

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I would say this can, in some ways, be a play on words. When I read it, it does sound a little clunky. On the other hand, John Lennon's book, "In His Own Write," is kind of similar.

Hope this helps (or knot).

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I won't say it's wrong. After all, Shakespeare wrote something similar:

O heavy lightness! Serious vanity!

Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms!

Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!

Romeo and Juliet

but if you're good enough to write like Shakespeare you really don't need our help!

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Those contrasts were intentional. We don't know if the OP's "heat of the chill" intentionally sets up a contrast, or is just a result of poor judgment from using "feeling the heat of _" for a chill. –  ShreevatsaR Dec 20 '11 at 16:34

It is grammatically sound but apparently doesn't make good sense, because of the opposition of heat and chill.

Informally, heat could refer to "intensity" and "undesirable amount of attention" and chill to "an uncomfortable and numbing sense of fear, dread, anxiety, or alarm" which might make sense, but in your "emphasize the cold weather" sense, heat doesn't work.

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Unless the writer wanted to contrast the two words for reasons of style. –  Barrie England Dec 20 '11 at 9:07

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