English Idioms With the Word 'Water'
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
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.