hot water


Definition of hot water 

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

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This scandal has found the opinionated, hugely confident and unpredictable character in hot water once again., "Ex-Sporting CP President Embroiled in €500,000 Per Year Communications Company Scandal," 10 July 2018 Another Philadelphia-area Starbucks is in hot water after a barista allegedly mocked a customer with a stutter. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Starbucks Barista Accused of Mocking Customer's Stutter Is Fired," 6 July 2018 During the burglary, a 7-year-old boy was placed in hot water, and the father was clubbed with a gun, Haenel said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man injured, son burned in Mission Bend-area home invasion," 25 June 2018 But this certainly isn’t the first time Barr’s behavior and political beliefs have landed the star in hot water. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Roseanne Barr’s Most Controversial Moments, from Posing as Hitler to Applauding Donald Trump," 29 May 2018 This winter, boilers at some complexes broke down, leaving more than 320,00 people without heat or hot water at certain times. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Mayor De Blasio Unveils $400 Million New York City Housing Rehab Plan," 25 June 2018 The Men With The Pink Triangle described SS guards torturing prisoners by dipping their testicles in hot water and sodomizing them with broomsticks. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "How the Nazi Regime's Pink Triangle Symbol Was Repurposed for LGBTQ Pride," 31 May 2018 The hot water thwarts multicellular life, so the resident bacteria have few competitors and little need to evolve. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "This Scientist Learns About Life on Mars in Yellowstone," 18 June 2018 There are additional hazards as lava enters the ocean, including the scalding, hot water, said Ken Rubin, the department chair of geology and geophysics at the University of Hawaii. Madison Park, CNN, "More eruptions from Kilauea are possible, but laze and lava are the biggest hazards right now," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of hot water

1842, in the meaning defined above

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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