get in(to) hot water

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get in(to) hot water

To provoke or incite anger, hostility, or punishment against oneself; to cause or encounter trouble or difficulty, especially that which will result in punishment or reprisal. I got into a bit of hot water with Janice last night when she found out I'd been drinking all night. The senator has gotten into hot water with constituents over his callous remarks.
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