hot water

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hot water (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, figuratively) A dangerous situation; trouble.
    Both students are in hot water from fighting.
  2. (idiomatic, figuratively) fierce criticism
    The government's new proposal has landed them in hot water.
    • 2018 July 20, Johannes Breit, “We Banned Holocaust Deniers From Our History Subreddit. Here’s Why Facebook Should Do the Same.”, in Slate Magazine[1]:
      Zuckerberg got into hot water on Wednesday when he stated that Facebook wouldn’t necessarily remove Holocaust deniers from its platform because people “get things wrong” and because it’s not always possible to understand the deniers’ intent.
  3. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see hot,‎ water.