Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(land) in hot water

in hot waterland in hot water
Meaning(s)
1) be in trouble due to something you have said or done
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    • my comments landed me in hot water
  • Analysis
    This idiom alludes to finding yourself in water that is hot enough to burn and is used figuratively to express being or getting into a difficult situation that could be harmful to you. In simple terms, it means to be in trouble and in danger of being criticized or punished due to something you have said or done, or even due to something that has been said about you. It can also be used as a warning to somebody not to do something. It is commonly used in an informal way in both a social and professional context, and shares a similar meaning to the phrase 'between a rock and a hard place.'
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I got myself into a bit of hot water last night. I lied to Helen so I could go to the pub with my mates and she found out about it!
    2. The politician found himself in hot water over the controversial remarks he made regarding immigration.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Your attitude is going to land you in hot water if you're not careful. You need to be more diplomatic when dealing with customers.
    2. I landed Kevin in hot water by blaming him for the delay in sending the document when really it was my fault.
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