hot water

noun

Definition of hot water

: trouble 4, difficulty
  • was in hot water with the authorities

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First Known Use of hot water

1842


HOT WATER Defined for English Language Learners

hot water

noun

Definition of hot water for English Language Learners

  • : a difficult situation


HOT WATER Defined for Kids

hot water

noun

Definition of hot water for Students

: a difficult or distressing situation Her lies got her into hot water.

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