- trouble; a predicament: His skipping classes will get him into real hot water when exam time comes.
Origin of hot water
Examples from the Web for hot water
The hot-water cylinder is closed firmly at the top, and therefore, when the air is allowed to escape, the water rises to the top.
And you boys fill the ice-cap—and the hot-water bag and—hurry!In a Little Town
Are you still as obstinate as ever about that hot-water bottle?
If the photophore is unavailable, a hot-water bottle may be applied.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
He hated to have that hot-water bottle dangling from his neck.The Tale of Jimmy Rabbit
Arthur Scott Bailey
Word Origin and History for hot water
c.1400, literal; 1530s in figurative sense of "trouble."
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.