hot water


Definition of hot water

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

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Analysts had speculated that some of the North Korean diplomats overseeing the US negotiations in Hanoi were in hot water after the latest round of talks between the two countries ended abruptly in Vietnam without an agreement. Will Ripley, CNN, "'Executed' North Korean diplomat is alive, sources say," 4 June 2019 Simply fill a large bowl with hot water, add a few pumps or squeezes of soap, and inhale the steam that emerges to open your nasal passages. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "13 Castile Soap Uses You've Never Thought of Before," 22 May 2019 Be sure to rinse at least three times, again with hot water. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Backyard," 10 May 2019 Use the spray for general cleaning, use the powder dissolved in hot water for high-strength cleaning, and use an abrasive paper such as 3M Sandblaster for sanding between paint coats or taking the shine off enameled surfaces. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 4 Biggest Painting Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 16 Jan. 2019 How to make banana pudding, according to two former inmates: Crush commissary vanilla wafers in their bag and add hot water. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Who Serves the Best Holiday Carrot Cake? Hint: It Has a Captive Audience," 25 Dec. 2018 For starters, during the evolution from summer to fall, and fall to winter, which is when humidity is much lower, Marchbein highly recommends limiting showers to no more than five minutes and avoiding hot water at all costs. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How Seasonal Changes and the Weather Can Affect Your Skin," 5 Sep. 2018 In a small bowl, whisk together tahini and hot water. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Invited over? Please RSVP — and bring this killer salad," 30 May 2018 Using hybrid panels that generate solar electricity and hot water, the Greffs brew year-round staples (like the Strawberry Blonde), seasonals, and sours. Julia Sayers,, "Explore this Michigan college town's food and art scene," 30 Apr. 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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