Troubled waters

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British pronunciation/tɹˈʌbəld wˈɔːtəz/
American pronunciation/tɹˈʌbəld wˈɔːɾɚz/
troubled waters
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a situation that is filled with a lot of problems, confusion, or disorganization

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troubled waters definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "troubled waters" and when to use it?

The idiom "troubled waters" derives from the literal idea of water that is turbulent, stormy, or agitated, often making navigation challenging and dangerous. In a figurative sense, it is used to describe a situation marked by difficulties, unrest, or turmoil.

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Political opportunists often fish in troubled waters, exploiting crises for their own gain.
Their relationship had always been in troubled waters, marked by constant arguments and disagreements.
We don’t want to enter the troubled waters of race and religion.
In times of economic uncertainty, investors may fish in troubled waters by seeking undervalued assets.
When the political scandal came to light, the entire nation was in troubled waters, unsure of what would happen next.
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