hot water


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hot water

n.
Trouble; difficulty: is in political hot water; got into hot water over the car deal.

hot′ wa′ter


n.
Informal.
trouble; a predicament.
[1530–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hot water - a dangerous or distressing predicament; "his views on race got him into political hot water"
plight, predicament, quandary - a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one; "finds himself in a most awkward predicament"; "the woeful plight of homeless people"

hot water

noun
1. The condition of being in need of immediate assistance:
2. A difficult, often embarrassing situation or condition:
Informal: bind, pickle, spot.
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If the man had a hard smell, like string, now--or hot water, it would be different.
For instance, for some forms of disease, the patient drinks the native hot water of Baden-Baden, with a spoonful of salt from the Carlsbad springs dissolved in it.
I next provide myself with one of our most precious domestic conveniences, a hot-water plate; I fill it with hot water and I put it in the middle of the pie-dish.
Take her right up, Alec; I've got the hot water ready, and after a nice bath, she shall have a cup of my sage tea, and be rolled up in blankets to sleep off her cold," answered the old lady, cheerily, as she bustled away to give orders.
She did not let go of her mother but struggled tenderly with her, demanded a pillow and hot water, and unfastened and tore open her mother's dress.
Janet says it is such a comfort to see me eat; she had been so afraid I would be like Miss Haythorne, who wouldn't eat anything but fruit and hot water for breakfast and tried to make Janet give up frying things.
He built a fire and warmed himself by drinking quarts of hot water, and made camp on a rocky ledge in the same fashion he had the night before.
Where the prepostor was particular in his ablutions, the fags in his room had to descend in turn to the kitchen, and beg or steal hot water for him; and often the custom extended farther, and two boys went down every morning to get a supply for the whole room.
You sit and wait," she said, "till I start the fire and get the hot water going.
When I got home I undressed and rubbed myself down with whisky, put my feet in hot water and a mustard-plaster on my chest, had a basin of gruel and a glass of hot brandy-and-water, tallowed my nose, and went to bed.
Into the saucepan with you," cried John Want, suiting the action to the word, "and flavor the hot water if you can
Firkin's orders, in the Park Lane establishment, was a young woman from Hampshire, whose business it was, among other duties, to knock at Miss Sharp's door with that jug of hot water which Firkin would rather have perished than have presented to the intruder.