in deep water

in deep water
Meaning: in difficulty, in problem.
Example: I’m going to be in deep water if my boss refuses to approve the project done by me after the hard work of a week.


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AuthorThe Idioms Team writes on 22nd December 2017

We are highly thankful of Mr. Mark for providing the origin of the idiom.

AuthorMark writes on 21st December 2017

Deep water is mentioned as far back as B.C. times. One version I think of comes from a Biblical context. Proverbs 20:5 which states the heart of man is like “deep water” but a man of understanding will draw it out. —
Here’s one interpretation “Though the designs and intentions of another man, especially one who hath a deep understanding, are as hard to be found out as waters which lie in the secret caverns of the earth; yet there are persons of such penetration, that they will find means to discover them and draw them out. There are six ways “whereby the knowledge of men may be drawn out and disclosed;” by their faces and countenances, by words, by deeds, by their nature, by their ends, and by the relations of others.
I think Deep Water in this context is the depth of a mans inner souls understanding. Though it may take another to draw it out for all to benefit from the deeper meaning.

AuthorDawn writes on 22nd January 2017

The information on Google for this idiom and others I’ve seen states that you provide the origin. You do not. It is misleading and frustrating as I’m trying to give information for my students in class. I suggest you update this so as not to provide misinformation.

AuthorThe Idioms writes on 27th January 2017

We are really sorry for inconvenience dear Dawn.
We always try our best to bring our user the maximum information about every idiom. Our contributors and authors couldn’t find much about “in deep water” phrase, that’s why it looks incomplete.

The Idioms Team

Authorakash writes on 15th February 2014

it is so useful

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