take on water

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To slowly fill with water, as due to a leak or being washed by high waves; to begin to sink.
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The skipper, Matt Craughwell, said their boat had begun to take on water after being tossed, stern upwards, by huge waves.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

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take on waterTo be in an increasingly difficult or risky situation; to falter or begin to fail.
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