Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

hot water

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun Informal.
  1. trouble; a predicament: His skipping classes will get him into real hot water when exam time comes.

Origin of hot water

First recorded in 1530–40
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for hot water

Historical Examples


Word Origin and History for hot water

n.

c.1400, literal; 1530s in figurative sense of "trouble."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hot water

hot water

Trouble or difficulty, as in She's deep in political hot water, or We got in hot water over the car deal, or He's finally paid his tuition and is out of hot water with the school. This metaphoric term alludes to water hot enough to burn one. [First half of 1500s] Also see in trouble with.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.