from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • n. a dangerous situation; trouble
  • n. fierce criticism

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dangerous or distressing predicament


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  • In the morning, when we needed hot water for shaving, Buruma filled the cistern with warm water.


  • Then she was on the swaybacked davenport, holding a cup of hot water that smelled of tea—they could only change the tea leaves once a week, and this was Friday, she thought irrelevantly.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • “You can see it later,” Clarice said, starting the hot water running into the dishpan.

    William S. And The Great Escape

  • Mother washed his hands and arms with a soapy washcloth, then splashed hot water into the soap-heavy mug and stirred the brush until foam climbed over the rim.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • The Winnebagos and Chippewas give the patient, just before the delivery of the child, a drink from a root steeped in hot water which is supposed to relax the system and make delivery quick and easy.

    Labor Among Primitive Peoples

  • We have seen that the Indians of the Uinta Valley Agency drink a good deal of hot water during labor.

    Labor Among Primitive Peoples

  • Planning a vacation in southern France, wed come across an advertisement for a chalet with an ocean view and rented itand found, upon arrival, that the chalet was in a trailer park with a scum-covered swimming pool, a broken tennis-court net, and a system for heating hot water that required an engineering degree to understand.

    The Italian Summer

  • Legree was just mixing himself a tumbler of punch, pouring his hot water from a cracked and broken-nosed pitcher, grumbling, as he did so,

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • In three wooden tubs, they soaked luxuriantly, washing their hair with scented soap, pouring buckets of hot water over their slippery bodies, watching the suds cascade away as frothily as had the Falls of Ohio.

    The Chisholms

  • “You have hot water and disinfectant, Brother Donald?”

    Keep Sweet


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