trouble; a predicament:
His skipping classes will get him into real hot water when exam time comes.
c.1400, literal; 1530s in figurative sense of “trouble.”
Difficulty; trouble; embarrassment: got herself into hot water by marrying a Siamese prince (1875+)
in hot water
Trouble or difficulty, as in She’s deep in political hot water, or We got in hot water over the car deal, or He’s finally paid his tuition and is out of hot water with the school. This metaphoric term alludes to water hot enough to burn one. [ First half of 1500s ]
Also see: in trouble with
- Hot-water bag
[hot-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈhɒtˈwɔ tər, -ˈwɒt ər/ noun 1. a bag, usually of rubber, for holding hot water to apply warmth to some part of the body, as the feet.
- Hot-water bottle
[hot-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈhɒtˈwɔ tər, -ˈwɒt ər/ noun 1. a bag, usually of rubber, for holding hot water to apply warmth to some part of the body, as the feet. noun 1. a receptacle, now usually made of rubber, designed to be filled with hot water, used for warming a bed or parts of the body
[verb hot-wahyuh r; adjective hot-wahyuh r] /verb ˈhɒtˈwaɪər; adjective ˈhɒtˌwaɪər/ verb (used with object), hot-wired, hot-wiring. 1. Slang. to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by short-circuiting the ignition. adjective 2. Electricity, Engineering. depending for its operation on the lengthening or increasing resistance of a wire when it is heated: hot-wire anemometer; hot-wire microphone. […]
noun 1. a tank or reservoir in which hot water is collected before being recirculated, especially condensed steam about to be returned to a boiler.