hot water


Definition of hot water

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

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Nycha also updated the heat and hot water systems in addition to upgrading the lights at these 23 developments, and the total cost for the energy-efficiency overhaul was $68.7 million. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "$1,973 LEDs and the Green New Deal," 15 Feb. 2019 Fellow coach Kelly Clarkson quickly picked up on the connection to Blake, and immediately mentioned it (read: came to his rescue) to make sure her pal didn't end up in hot water with his partner. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "The Voice's Blake Shelton Was Awkwardly Accused of Not Knowing Gwen Stefani's Song," 26 Feb. 2019 This provides hot water for bathing, shaving, and laundering. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 The United States Air Force is in hot water for spending $326,785 on coffee mugs in the last two years. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "U.S. Air Force Admits to Spending $326,785 on Coffee Mugs," 23 Oct. 2018 After finding herself in hot water with the former Countess over her friendship with de Lesseps’ ex Tom D’Agostino, Singer was once again back in the doghouse on Wednesday’s all-new Real Housewives of New York City. Dave Quinn,, "Luann de Lesseps Lashes Out at 'She-Devil' Ramona Singer Over Post-Rehab Instagram Photo," 27 June 2018 And LifeLock, the identity-protection business bought later that year for $2.3 billion, has previously been in hot water with federal regulators over its advertising practices. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Symantec: No Safety Margin," 11 May 2018 Launder using the hottest water safe for the fabric. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Vomit Stains From Carpet, Clothing, and More," 5 Mar. 2019 Set the filled baking dishes into the hot water and put the roasting pan into the oven. Marley Marius, Vogue, "7 Alternative Thanksgiving Desserts from the Vogue Archive," 16 Nov. 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

informal : 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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