#IOTW: Idioms related to water

For almost a week, we have to deal with water, like rain, flood. So, that’s why today’s session will be about water.

  1. To be in deep water. Meaning: to be in a difficult situation. 
    • Example:
      • Having lost his passport, Finn is now in deep waters.
  2. Blow (someone) out of the water. Meaning: defeat or humiliate a person.
    • Example:
      • If Quinn challenges Rachel’s ability to sing, Rachel’ll blow Quinn out of the water.
  3. To be like a fish out of water. Meaning: to feel awkward or uncomfortable because of being unfamiliar with the surroundings.
    • Example:
      • Emma felt like a fish out of water among those high-society people.
  4. Water under the bridge. Meaning: event that has already occurred and cannot be altered.
    • Example:
      • Mercedes, stop worrying about the national competition, it is water under the bridge now.
  5. Hold water. Meaning: be logical, be sensible.
    • Example:
      • Puckerman can’t be in two places at once. His story doesn’t hold water.
  6. In hot water. Meaning: needing discipline or correction.
    • Example:
      • Kurt took his pet to school, and now he’s in hot water. He could be suspended from class.
  7. Dead in the water. Meaning: not competitive, not qualified to compete, no hope for the future.
    • Example:
      • Since Mr. Will Schuester left, this club has been dead in the water.
  8. Come hell or high water. Meaning: no matter what happens.
    • Example:
      • Brittany will buy that gown, come hell or high water. She’s determined.
  9. Throw cold water on. Meaning: discourage, because you lose the interest.
    • Example:
      • Don’t be negative, Santana. Don’t throw cold water on our regional competition plan.
  10. Test the water. Meaning: check someone’s feeling, take a poll.
    • Example:
      • Tina always tests the water before she introduces a budget.

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, January 20, 2013

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