hot water

noun Informal.
trouble; a predicament: His skipping classes will get him into real hot water when exam time comes.

1530–40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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hot water

Trouble or difficulty, as in She's deep in political hot water, or We got in hot water over the car deal, or He's finally paid his tuition and is out of hot water with the school. This metaphoric term alludes to water hot enough to burn one. [First half of 1500s] Also see in trouble with.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
The cocoons were then put in hot water to facilitate the difficult and tedious
  task of extracting the silk.
Although the concept of tea is simple-dry leaf infused in hot water-the
  manufacture of it is not intuitive at all.
Gently heating milk for cheese, in a pot immersed in a larger pot of hot water,
  gave us the idea.
Thoroughly rinse the bottles with hot water using a jet bottle washer.
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