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

Examples of hot water in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His tweets landed Musk in hot water with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as with investors. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Here's what Elon Musk said when Jack Dorsey asked him how to fix Twitter," 17 Jan. 2020 Clarno is in hot water with environmentalists around the state after making the same ruling on several forestry initiatives. oregonlive, "Democratic lawmakers ready to unveil new climate change legislation," 8 Jan. 2020 Remove the filter and pull out any hair or extra items (coins, bobby pins) that have collected in it and clean it under hot water with the toothbrush. Country Living, "How to Clean a Washing Machine the Right Way," 22 Nov. 2019 Besides the Board of Nursing, the practical nursing program is in hot water with its accreditor, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, or ACEN. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "St. Paul College nursing program in danger as exam scores plummet," 5 Nov. 2019 Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber are in some hot water with Taylor Swift fans. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Fans Are Upset With Hailey and Justin Bieber for an Instagram Story Video," 7 Oct. 2019 But that campaign got Juul, which was already under scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration for its marketing practices, into more hot water with the FDA. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Studies show how Juul exploited social media to get teens to start vaping," 24 Sep. 2019 The best way to wash the eraser is in super hot water with towels, which create extra friction to keep your Makeup Eraser looking like new. Braelyn Wood,, "Demi Moore Swears by the MakeUp Eraser for Her Anti-Aging Skincare Routine," 20 Sep. 2019 This isn’t the first time our favorite Houston Texans player has gotten into hot water with kids. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Oops! J.J. Watt Has the Perfect Response to Making a Little Boy Cry," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hot water

1840, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jan 2020

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“Hot water.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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