Some idiomatic phrases about getting into and out of trouble.
Listen, read, and guess what the idioms mean. Then check below.
In Hot Water
MIKE: Tom’s in hot water.
JAKE: Why? What’s he done?
MIKE: He borrowed a company car without permission and smashed it up.
JAKE: Is he OK?
MIKE: Yes, he’s fine, but I wouldn’t like to be in his shoes when the boss finds out.
JAKE: Oh, he’ll make up a good story and get off the hook. He always does.
in hot water – in trouble, likely to be punished or criticised
in someone’s shoes – in their situation
off the hook – out of trouble, not blamed or punished
It can also mean ‘released from an obligation’:
Sam has offered to organise the party, so that lets me off the hook.