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 Prep your skin with hot water and gently apply a small amount in circular motions across your face and neck - don’t rub too hard! The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 Rinse your brush thoroughly with hot water after use. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 May 2022 Fill your bathtub, sink or a large bucket with hot water. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2022 Guests at Chiefs Camp bring their own camping gear but select amenities, including a fire pit, barbecue grill, outhouse, and outdoor shower with hot water, are available. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 13 Apr. 2022 The hot mineral soaking pool at Avila Hot Springs is a must, but travelers who come to Avila Beach for the natural hot water won't want to leave without a visit to Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 Power the blender for 30 to 40 seconds, discard the water, and then rinse the individual parts of the blender in hot water and let air dry. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Apr. 2022 The process itself is rather lengthy: Towels and sheets sit in a tub of hot water, borax, washing soda (sodium carbonate) and laundry detergent until the water has cooled completely, about four to five hours in total. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2022 The tenants said that after the 2021 winter storm, the hot water went out and the plumbing was damaged, causing water and sewage to spill for months. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hot water

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hot water was in 1840

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23 May 2022

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“Hot water.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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: a difficult or distressing situation Her lies got her into hot water.

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