deep water


Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deep water - serious trouble
trouble, problem - a source of difficulty; "one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?"

deep water

noun
A difficult, often embarrassing situation or condition:
Informal: bind, pickle, spot.
References in classic literature ?
Their heads were the most foolish-looking things you ever saw, and they balanced on the ends of their tails in deep water when they weren't grazing, bowing solemnly to each other and waving their front flippers as a fat man waves his arm.
And at last the ship plunged right down to the bottom of the sea, making a dreadful gurgling sound; and the six bad men were left bobbing about in the deep water of the bay.
But scarcely had her tender feet touched the cool ripples when she felt a great shove on her shoulders, and the wicked witch had pushed her into the deep water, exclaiming:
A platform of wood was built out from the bank, to be used for bathing by good swimmers who were not afraid of a plunge into deep water.
Commander Farragut thought, and with reason, that it was better to remain in deep water, and keep clear of continents or islands, which the beast itself seemed to shun
He drove so directly to the core of the matter, divesting a question always of all superfluous details, and with such an air of finality, that I seemed to find myself struggling in deep water, with no footing under me.
In about an hour they returned and reported deep water through the passage as well as far into the little basin.
But all that is gone in a few weeks, and the wild winter locks down again on the land; while at sea the ice tears up and down the offing, jamming and ramming, and splitting and hitting, and pounding and grounding, till it all freezes together, ten feet thick, from the land outward to deep water.
She slipped away quite quietly one wet, white morning, moved to a patch of deep water, her sails all hanging anyhow, and Harvey saw the funeral through Disko's spy-glass.
It is not easy to shake one's fist at a man when in deep water, but George managed it.
The friar took Robin Hood on his back, Deep water he did bestride, And spake neither good word nor bad, Till he came at the other side.
At this point the current ran close to the shore, so that we were immediately in deep water, and, to my intense satisfaction, Victory struck out with a strong, overhand stroke and set all my fears on her account at rest.