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|Jay:||Hi Alex, how are you?|
|Alex:||Hi Jay, I’m great, thanks!|
|Jay:||You must have a lot on your plate with the new house and the new middle management position I’ve heard you just got.|
|Alex:||Yeah, the new job…it has been a steep learning curve until now but I don’t know if I really like it…Top management likes it when you think outside the box and there is this constant pressure to come up with new ideas. I have to stay on my toes all the time…|
|Jay:||At least they want new ideas. With my company, everything new gets put on the back burner!|
|Jay:||Well, every time I try to suggest any operational improvement, they reject it and then we’re just back to square one…|
|Alex:||I am sorry to hear that! I guess you and your boss don’t really see eye to eye…|
|Jay:||I’m afraid you’re right. I feel like one of these days I’m just gonna end up in hot water when I tell my boss what I think about that. In fact, I’ll talk to him right now!|
|Alex:||Oh…OK…good luck! Don’t burn too many bridges!|
|Jay:||I won’t! Thanks! And good luck to you too! Nice talking to you! Bye now!|
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In our dialogue when Jay says he could be “in hot water”, what does he mean?
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