Meaning of “be in hot water” in the English Dictionary

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"be in hot water" in British English

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be in hot water

also get into hot water

to be in or get into a difficult situation in which you are in danger of being criticized or punished:

He found himself in hot water over his comments about immigration.

(Definition of “be in hot water” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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