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.
Tell Ornfiri to make hot water. I'll be out of my head in fifteen minutes.
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.
And so Tom and the Tadpole, in nightshirts and trousers, started off downstairs, and through "Thos's hole," as the little buttery, where candles and beer and bread and cheese were served out at night, was called, across the School-house court, down a long passage, and into the kitchen; where, after some parley with the stalwart, handsome cook, who declared that she had filled a dozen jugs already, they got their hot water, and returned with all speed and great caution.
"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!