Idiomatically speaking, however, this English expression refers to ❛difficult, volatile or uncertain times❜ . For some examples of how the English idiom choppy waters can be used, have a look at the following news headlines:
Apple heads into choppy waters as new iPhone awaited
- reuters.com, 23 July 2012, Poornima Gupta
Global Shipping Prices Face More Choppy Waters
- onlinewsj.com, 2 February 2012, Francesca Freeman & Diana Kinch
Kayak IPO: Readying for Choppy Waters
- cnbc.com, 9 July 2012, Jesse Bergman
As you can see, one can ❛head into❜, ❛face ❜or ❛be readying for❜ choppy waters, i.e. times of trouble, instability or uncertainty. Likewise, one can also ❛sail into❜ or ❛navigate❜ choppy waters. Here are some sample sentences:
The world’s shipbuilders have sailed into choppy waters.
It looks like we are facing choppy waters.
The author hopes to help cancer sufferers navigate choppy waters.