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Edustation's blog > English Idioms With the Word 'Water'

English Idioms With the Word 'Water'

Added by Tomasz H. 17 February 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

not hold water

Not correct or true

Jack's story won't hold water. It sounds too unlikely.


test the waters

To try something new

We are testing the waters to see if online ads increase sales.


water under the bridge

Something that has happened and cannot be changed

I should probably have asked for more money when I was offered the job, but that's water under the bridge now.


a watering hole

A bar or tavern

John is down at the local watering hole.


a fish without water

Feel uncomfortable, like you don't belong in a particular situation

I felt like a fish out of water when I had to drive a bus without experience.


come hell or high water

You will definitely do something, no matter what difficulties appear

I am going to run a marathon next year, come hell or high water.


in hot water

In trouble

John got himself into hot water by being late.


in deep water

A dangerous or vulnerable situation

Bill got in deep water in algebra class.


keep head above water

Trying very hard to survive financially

We have so little money that we can hardly keep our heads above water.


dead in the water

Stopped, without any chance for success or progress

The project is dead in the water. There's no space available in the building to organize it.

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