hot water


Definition of hot water

: a difficult or dangerous situation : trouble entry 1 sense 4 used with in or into But this poor fellow was always getting into hot water, and if there was a wrong way of doing a thing, was sure to hit upon it.— Richard Henry Dana Jr. In recent years, comedians have found themselves in hot water for making politically incorrect topics about everything from race to gender.— James Hohmann

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Recent Examples on the Web It’s also easy to clean: Just rinse in hot water and air dry. Popular Science, "Reliable coffee filters for any kind of pour over," 8 Jan. 2021 Girardi has been in legal hot water with former clients who claim to have been bilked out of millions in settlement money. Los Angeles Times, "An introduction to the musical oeuvre of ‘Real Housewives’ star Erika Jayne," 19 Dec. 2020 In a small cup or bowl, mix together the hot water and instant coffee to make a thick syrup. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Cookies make the holidays merry: 5 great recipes," 9 Dec. 2020 The new Saved by the Bell reboot was in some hot water over the weekend after fans took note over a joke involving Selena Gomez. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Saved by the Bell" Creators Apologize for Selena Gomez Kidney Transplant Joke," 30 Nov. 2020 What works for me are denture cleaning tablets — one per cup with some hot water, and overnight, stains disappear. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Thanksgiving," 26 Nov. 2020 Jacob isn't the only Republican in hot water over Facebook. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "House Speaker told lawmaker anti-Catholic, anti-Muslim Facebook posts were unacceptable," 18 Nov. 2020 The pair are in hot water after a hot mic picked them up apparently criticizing and mocking the display of jets flying over Raymond James Stadium in Tampa prior to the Green Bay Packers-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on Sunday. Allen Kim, CNN, "Broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman caught on hot mic appearing to mock military flyovers as wasteful," 20 Oct. 2020 There are straightforward electric options for heating buildings and hot water and drying clothes, but going electric could be more controversial in the kitchen. Kenneth Mcleod, The Conversation, "Magnetic induction cooking can cut your kitchen’s carbon footprint," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of hot water

1840, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2021

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“Hot water.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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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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