hot water


Definition of hot water

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

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Again, Texas and summer — who wants to sit in hot water? Steve Brown, Dallas News, "No surprise — most homebuyers want air-conditioning," 21 Aug. 2019 This sketch comedy series about life as a Latino millennial in the United States wraps up its season with a segment where an offhand comment Castro makes during an interview gets him in hot water. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Tuesday, Aug. 20: ‘The Detour’ on TBS," 19 Aug. 2019 Epic is hardly the only online charter school to have found itself in hot water. Washington Post, "Oklahoma latest to grapple with online school problems," 12 Aug. 2019 What is cold brew — ground coffee steeped in cold water for several hours instead of brewing quickly in hot water. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "11 unique iced or cold brew coffee drinks you can only find in Louisville," 12 Aug. 2019 Mark Hamill is again having some fun after a man named Luke Sky Walker seems to still be getting in hot water. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mark Hamill Responds to Warrant Being Issued for Luke Sky Walker," 7 Aug. 2019 Marshawn Lynch has never been one to mince words, but this time his mouth has him in hot water. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, "Marshawn Lynch goes on ‘sexist’ rant after football mom says he swore at her kid," 2 Aug. 2019 But in 1991, Quan landed in hot water again when he was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, "Capital One hacker suspect threatened to 'shoot up' tech company and had access to assault rifles," 1 Aug. 2019 And a tweet Monday night about production of solar roof tiles may have landed him and the company back in regulatory hot water. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Elon Musk’s Latest Tweet May Land Him Back in SEC Crosshairs," 30 July 2019

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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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to spread over or through

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