in hot water


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Related to in hot water: at the eleventh hour

*in hot water (with someone) (about someone or something)

Fig. in trouble. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) You are going to get into hot water with Rebecca about that. Amy got into hot water about Todd with Rebecca. John got himself into hot water by being late.
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in hot water

in a difficult situation in which you are likely to be punished Those e-mails complaining about your boss can land you in hot water.
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References in classic literature ?
As long as he stayed there he kept us in hot water with prying questions; and after he was gone, as he was a man not very likely to hold his tongue, we were in the greater impatience to be gone ourselves.