trouble; a predicament: His skipping classes will get him into real hot water when exam time comes.
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How to use hot water in a sentence
They suggest soaking all types of feeders every other day in a sink filled with 10 cups of hot water to one cup of bleach.
Google is in hot water after banning the Google account of Andrew Spinks, the lead developer of the hit indie game Terraria.Terraria developer cancels Google Stadia port after YouTube account ban | Ron Amadeo | February 8, 2021 | Ars Technica
I’ll fill up a jug with hot water and load it in the car, along with my wetsuit, still dank and a little musty from yesterday.
Fill two mugs with hot water and set aside while you make the cocoa.Boozy hot chocolate recaptures the magic of a childhood snow day with a grown-up twist | M. Carrie Allan | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Crying — on the couch, lying in bed, under hot water in the shower — is easier.
Early one morning I was passing out hot water, when a man showed me a bucket of blood from his slashed wrists and asked for help.
Sanders stepped in legal hot water, however, when the company auctioned off the original coffin of Lee Harvey Oswald in late 2010.Bid on CIA’s Osama Action Figure, Lewinsky's Lingerie, and More at This L.A. Auction House | Asawin Suebsaeng | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Basically, pre-marital sex is a big no-no and could land Justin Brent in hot water.Porn Stars Are People Too, Dammit: Lisa Ann’s Notre Dame Date and the Trolling of David Gregory | Aurora Snow | October 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Wilson later landed in hot water with some by pushing for the creation of the first Barbie for President doll.Will There Ever Be a ‘Good Wife’ Effect on Politics? | Keli Goff | October 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In fact, I have made jokes/comments on television and on Twitter that have landed me in hot water.
If not obtained at first, let the slide stand in a warm place, as upon a hot-water radiator, for an hour.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
One evening at tea, a copper kettle, with hot water, stood on the hob.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Vegetable caseine is best obtained by treating peas or beans with hot water, and straining the fluid.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry | Thomas Anderson
The water sides of the condenser covered with this hot water was 50 surface feet.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
And she stood, holding the Colonel with her eyes, until he began to feel cold again, and to think of his hot-water bag.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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.
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