hot water


Definition of hot water 

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

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These fried spheres of cornmeal mixed with hot water couldn’t be simpler or more addictive in both flavor and texture. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's National Fried Chicken Day! See our top staff picks in Louisville," 6 July 2018 However, the creation of an escrow fund to pay future fines implies that the Commerce Department knows that even with the agreement’s new stringent compliance requirements, ZTE’s unchanged behaviors may get it into hot water down the road. Annie Fixler, Fortune, "How Bailing Out ZTE Damaged America’s Credibility," 12 June 2018 Enter Facebook, which is in some hot water these days. Jeff Stibel, USA TODAY, "Facebook fallout: Our brains aren't as well equipped to decide if a company is trustworthy," 29 May 2018 Once all the triangular sections of your hair are braided, dip the ends of the braids into hot water to seal them and to make the braids more flexible. Stasha Harris, Cosmopolitan, "These Triangular Box Braids Are Straight-Up Fire," 21 Feb. 2018 Some of the most common culprits in the spread of the disease are cooling towers, humidifiers, hot water tanks and condensers in large air-conditioning units. Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "Legionnaires’ Disease Sickens 11 in Upper Manhattan," 12 July 2018 Two fans keep air flowing, extra insulation traps in heat during extreme cold, and a central command center controls the mechanicals, hot water, 200 watts of solar, 2,000-watt inverter, and the Espar hydronic diesel heater. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6," 11 July 2018 That is why a short blast of hot water works so well to stop an itch. Houston Chronicle, "Vicks VapoRub for poison ivy itch," 8 July 2018 Total Time 30 minutes Makes 1 drink Make the citric syrup: In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine 2 cups hot water, 2 cups sugar and 5 teaspoons citric acid. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of hot water

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hot water was in 1842

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English Language Learners Definition of hot water

: a difficult situation

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Kids Definition of hot water

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

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