hot water


Definition of hot water

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

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But the company is currently in hot water for helping drive an epidemic of teen vaping, which public health officials worry has hooked a new generation on nicotine — and potentially cigarettes too. Julia Belluz, Vox, "$1.3 million: the average bonus Juul employees get after a deal with a cigarette maker," 20 Dec. 2018 Sony, which had previously found itself in hot water for refusing to allow cross-play between competing consoles, caved in unprecedented fashion and began allowing PS4 accounts to play Fortnite on other systems. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 Mike isn’t the only member of the group in hot water, either. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Jay Leno's Controversial 'Last Man Standing' Character Is Coming Back," 7 Dec. 2018 Last week, Pete Davidson found himself in hot water after insulting Rep-elect Lt. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw Joins Pete Davidson on "Saturday Night Live"," 11 Nov. 2018 Wash everything possible in hot water, and dry in a dryer. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Once and For All," 6 Nov. 2018 To top it off, it can be washed in hot water so it's game-over for killing germs and bacteria. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Build Your Best Bed Ever," 26 Oct. 2018 There are two ways to get out of legal hot water here. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "In Fox interview, Trump seems to confess a campaign finance violation while trying to deny it," 22 Aug. 2018 Like during the recovery of Glacier Girl, the team will use large heat plates to tunnel down to the aircraft, then send workers down clear out a cavern around the plan with blasts of hot water. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "WWII P-38 Discovered Under 300 Feet of Ice in Greenland," 27 July 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

: 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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