in deep water

in deep water

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in deep water(s)

In a dangerous, vulnerable, or troublesome situation or position, especially that which could be beyond one’s abilities to resolve. Anthony is in deep waters with his creditors. If he doesn’t pay off his debts, they’re going to take everything he owns. I think I’m in deep water with this course—I don’t know how I’ll be able to catch up with all the work!

Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

in deep water

Fig. in a dangerous or vulnerable situation; in a serious situation, especially one that is too difficult or is beyond the level of one’s abilities; in trouble. John is having trouble with back taxes. He’s in deep water. Bill got in deep water in algebra class. The class is too difficult for him, and he’s almost failing.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in deep water

If you are in deep water, you are in a difficult or dangerous situation. Smith plays the part of the innocent Adams who finds himself in deep water when he unintentionally gets caught up in a crime.

Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

in deep water (or waters)

in trouble or difficulty. informal

In deep water is a biblical metaphor; see, for example, Psalm 69:14: ‘let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters’.

Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

in deep ˈwater(s)

in trouble or difficulty: She was getting into deep water when she tried to argue that murder is sometimes justified for political reasons.

Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

in deep water

In difficulty.

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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