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in deep water

Fig. in a dangerous or vulnerable situation; in a serious situation, especially one that is too difficult or is beyond the level of one's abilities; in trouble. John is having trouble with back taxes. He's in deep water. Bill got in deep water in algebra class. The class is too difficult for him, and he's almost failing.
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in deep water

If you are in deep water, you are in a difficult or dangerous situation. Smith plays the part of the innocent Adams who finds himself in deep water when he unintentionally gets caught up in a crime.
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in deep water (or waters)

in trouble or difficulty. informal
In deep water is a biblical metaphor; see, for example, Psalm 69:14: ‘let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters’.
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in deep ˈwater(s)

in trouble or difficulty: She was getting into deep water when she tried to argue that murder is sometimes justified for political reasons.
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in deep water

In difficulty.
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