in hot water


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in hot water

In trouble, and likely to be reprimanded.
References in classic literature ?
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.
Bacon could be eaten raw on a pinch, and flour, stirred in hot water, could keep men going.
The breakfast began with three bowls of excellent soup, thanks to the liquefaction in hot water of those precious cakes of Liebig, prepared from the best parts of the ruminants of the Pampas.