Etymology
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hot water (n.)

c. 1400, literal; 1530s in figurative sense of "trouble." See hot (adj.) + water (n.1). Hot-water bottle is from 1895.

updated on September 07, 2015

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Definitions of hot water from WordNet

hot water (n.)
a dangerous or distressing predicament;
his views on race got him into political hot water
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.