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hot water

noun, Informal.
trouble; a predicament:
His skipping classes will get him into real hot water when exam time comes.
Origin of hot water
1530-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Stuff half a dozen sweet peppers, brown in oil, then put into a baking-pan and finish cooking, basting with hot water.

  • Have hot water in another pot, to weaken the cups of those that like it so.

  • One may continue in this way for a week or two, after which a third cup of hot water might be added.

    Vitality Supreme Bernarr Macfadden
  • And Charley, unlucky Charley, had managed to get into hot water with the college school.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Then mix in the gravy a small tea-cup full of hot water, and thicken it with a very little browned flour.

Word Origin and History for hot water

c.1400, literal; 1530s in figurative sense of "trouble."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hot water

hot water

noun phrase

Difficulty; trouble; embarrassment: got herself into hot water by marrying a Siamese prince (1875+)

Related Terms

in hot water

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with hot water

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
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