in hot water

Idiom

in hot water

Definition

Used to describe a person or situation that has gotten into trouble or is facing difficulty.

Examples

John is in hot water after he was caught shoplifting.

The company has been in hot water since the scandal broke.

I’m in hot water with my parents for staying out late.

The team will be in hot water if they don’t win the next game.

Mary is in hot water because she missed her deadline.

Origin

The origin of this phrase is unknown but it has been in use since at least the late 16th century.

FAQs

What does it mean when someone is in hot water?

It means that the person is in trouble or facing difficulty.

What is the origin of the phrase ‘in hot water’?

The origin of this phrase is unknown but it has been in use since at least the late 16th century.