In Hot Water (to be)

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Meaning of Idiom 'To Be in Hot Water'

To be in hot water is to be in trouble or difficulty. One can be in hot water or about to get into hot water.


"Tim can't play today; he's in hot water over his math grade."

"The beloved actress found herself in hot water today when she attempted to shoplift an item from a department store."

"You better be careful who you talk to about this or you'll get yourself into hot water."


This idiom dates from sometime in the mid-1500's. (Source] The allusion is to finding oneself in water hot enough to burn.

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