since 1997, the world's premier FREE website for learners + teachers of English
Get your 7 Secrets FREE
Idioms

in deep water

This page is about the idiom 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

a. he might go to jail

b. he might buy a new boat

c. he might be getting married

Idiom of the Day

Contributor: Matt Errey