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Water: She Is In Hot Water

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2007-11-17

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expressions about water are almost as common as water itself. but many of the expressions using water have unpleasant meanings.

the expression to be in hot water is one of them. it is a very old expression. hot water was used five hundred years ago to mean being in trouble. one story says it got that meaning from the custom of throwing boiling water down on enemies attacking a castle.

that no longer the custom. but we still get inhot water. when we are in hot water, we are in trouble. it can be any kind of trouble--serious, and not so serious. a person who breaks a law can be in hot water with the police. a boy can be in hot water with his mother, if he comes into the house with dirty, wet shoes.

being in deep water is almost the same as being in hot water. when you are in deep water, you are in difficulty. imagine a swimmer in water over his head who cannot reach the shore.

you are in deep water when you are facing a problem that you do not have the ability to solve. the problem is too deep for you. you can be in deep water, for example, if you invest in stocks without knowing anything about the stock market.

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