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in deep water

Meaning: If you're in deep water, you're in some sort of trouble or in a difficult situation.

For example:

  • The company's in deep water now that the tax inspectors have decided to check over the accounts.

  • Many families are in deep water because of the mortgage crisis, and some might even lose their homes.

Origin: Probably metaphorical, and related to the fact that deep water can be very dangerous, especially if someone can't swim.

Quick Quiz:

I heard that John's in deep water and
  1. he might go to jail
  2. he might buy a new boat
  3. he might be getting married

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