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

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Recent Examples on the Web This story exemplifies the importance of addressing the fuller social consequences of muni bonds—and the hot water financial players can get into otherwise. Morgan Simon, Forbes, "Toxic Alabama Private Prison Deal Falling Apart With Barclays Exit," 21 Apr. 2021 Handwashing sink in kitchen is leaking when the hot water is turned on. Pine Bluff Commercial, Arkansas Online, "Jefferson County Food Safety reports for the week of 4-18-21," 18 Apr. 2021 And since Mare is still in hot water over her failure to crack Katie’s case, the county has sent in an investigator to help her out. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Kate Winslet can’t save HBO drama from sinking into cliche," 16 Apr. 2021 If your kitchen plumbing is made of PVC piping (PVC is plastic), the hot water can potentially damage the pipes. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: DNA kits ... for your dog," 10 Apr. 2021 Let the coffee bloom for about 30 seconds, then pour in the rest of the hot water. Cassidy Olsen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Espresso at Home," 1 Apr. 2021 Now, more than a month after the freeze, there are still homes in Dallas-Fort Worth without hot water, according to Legacy Plumbing, which has its headquarters in Little Elm. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "The Texas freeze overwhelmed plumbing and hardware businesses a month ago. They’re still recovering," 28 Mar. 2021 Pour in the hot water and stir until the salt, sugar and seasoning have dissolved. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: The Best Recipe for Grilled Chicken, Brined," 22 Mar. 2021 Some camping coffee makers call for hot water, while others are simple drip systems designed for rugged backpacking adventures. Caroline Harris, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Camping Coffee Makers, According to Thousands of Outdoor Enthusiasts," 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hot water

1840, in the meaning defined above

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29 Apr 2021

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“Hot water.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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