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be up the creek (without a paddle)

Definition of be up the creek without a paddle in English:

informal Be in severe difficulty or trouble, especially with no means of extricating oneself from it.
Example sentences
  • The couple and their three children were forced to move to the new house because they had already sold the old one and David said: ‘We're up the creek without a paddle.’
  • Now, to their utter dismay, that hasn't happened and with IRA decommissioning, about to utterly change the face of Northern politics, political unionism is up the creek without a paddle.
  • As for labor market ‘fluidity,’ what that really means is your middle-class job is gone and you're up the creek without a paddle - adios chump.
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