— Well, Lindsay’s “M.O.” is to get her hooks into powerful, married men.
— Look. She’s a heat-seeking missile. And Eddie has no heat. Your friend, Alex, does.

Law and Order

FYI, Lindsay is a gold digger.

I googled 'heat-seeking missile' and Urban Dictionary says it's slang that describes male's genitals. But I don't think that's not what the speaker wanted to say.

Is there another meaning of 'heat-seeking missile'? Like a gold digger? Or is it just figure of speech?

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    It means she goes straight for married men like a heat-seeking missile would target the heat of an aircraft.
    – David M
    Oct 9, 2019 at 4:23
  • Thank you! It helped a lot! Oct 9, 2019 at 4:24
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    @Lily In figurative terms, the entire passage is saying that Lindsay only goes after men who have passion. (Passion is considered to be hot.) No doubt, if she's really after money (it doesn't actually say that, but your supposition could be correct), then those men who are dispassionate won't be taken in by her act. As opposed to men who are passionate and let their emotions take over. (At least that's what the passage is saying.) Oct 9, 2019 at 8:21
  • I heard it used by one of the characters in Underbelly to describe another character - a flamboyant showpony who attracted trouble.
    – Danny
    Jun 21, 2022 at 14:01

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You're looking at "Urban Dictionary" and those are not official definitions at all. Those definitions are created by random people trying to be funny. Heat seeking missile is just what it says. It's a missile used in war, not male genitalia.


The term, heat-seeking missile, is a term sometimes used idiomatically for a number of things: seeking out a target instinctively is one meaning; but the other has to do with sexual instinct--which doesn't actually require a man's mind to be in gear. That's the sense by which I first heard the term.

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