in hot water

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - in hot water

"in hot water"

a difficult situation in which you are likely to be punished or criticized


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in hot water

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Oh no! No! No! No!

Colleague 2:  What did you do?

Colleague 1:  I pushed the wrong button and deleted the report by accident.

Colleague 2:  No problem. Just load the backup.

Colleague 1:  I haven't made a backup.

Colleague 2:  You're in hot water now.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in hot water

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  It's the first really nice day of spring. It is way too nice to be in school. Let's take the afternoon off and skip school.

Friend 2:  But we'll get in hot water with the school and especially with our parents.

Friend 1:  So what. A little bit of trouble will be worth enjoying this beautiful day.

in hot water - Usage:


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in hot water - Gerund Form:

Being in hot water for cheating on an exam is not a pleasant experience.

in hot water - Examples:

1)  ... got a Baltimore police officer in hot water by tweeting that he gave the officer an autograph and was let off with a warning.

2)  The anonymous Obama aide should be in hot water for telling an obvious lie on the record.

3)  ... should be in hot water for printing this garbage. If an administration official tells you a baldfaced lie ...

4)  ... difficult position. If she invited me, her boss would likely find herself in hot water. That's never a good thing.

5)  ... is publicly confessing convictions that will no doubt land him in hot water with many of his relatives, friends and acquaintances.

6)  ... is skipping school and hanging out with the wrong kind of kids that get in hot water.

7)  No matter what Apple tries to do, they'll get in hot water with the news media for their pains.

8)  ... an undisclosed relationship of this nature often lands top intelligence officials and military officers in hot water. An adulterous affair could be used as blackmail if it fell into the ...

9)  The companies are in hot water over decisions to base their European businesses outside the UK in order to take ...

10)  ... was naked for a "long time" at the party that landed him in hot water.

11)  It is not the first time Croatia have landed in hot water with UEFA and world governing body FIFA for racist behaviour by their fans.

12)  He landed in hot water in 2005 after he made inflammatory comments about Jews and women.

13)  I once got in hot water over some YouTube videos I made about social work issues as a student.

14)  One scout with a web-designer dad got in hot water recently after her internet cookies site was deemed unacceptable by the girl-scout council.

15)  ... reported that a private security company working for the US government in Afghanistan is in hot water after a video surfaced allegedly showing several of its employees drunk and on drugs.

16)  A Navy submarine commander is in hot water after he allegedly faked his death to end an extramarital affair.

17)  Seems he is in hot water again about his racist news letters.

18)  You will find their helping hand extended whenever you are in hot water.

19)  We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water

20)  Damage control. She adopts 2 kids after being in hot water for saying she would never get pregnant to "ruin" her body.