be in hot water


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be in hot water

To have provoked or incited anger, hostility, or punishment against oneself; to have caused or encountered trouble or difficulty, especially that which will result in punishment or reprisal. I was in a bit of hot water with Janice last night when she found out I went to the movies instead of cleaning out the garage. The senator is in hot water with constituents over his callous remarks.
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