Hot-water meaning

Trouble; difficulty.

Is in political hot water; got into hot water over the car deal.

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Trouble; difficulty.
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Used other than as an idiom: see hot,‎ water.
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(idiomatic, figuratively) A dangerous situation; trouble.

Both students are in hot water from fighting.

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(idiomatic, figuratively) Fierce criticism.

The government's new proposal has landed them in hot water.

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