in deep water
Meaning: If you're in deep water, you're in some sort of trouble or in a difficult situation.
- 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.
I heard that John's in deep water and
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Contributor: Matt Errey