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(the good) Lord willing and the creek don't rise

rural If all goes as it should; if everything goes well. We've had a lot of delays, but Lord willing and the creek don't rise, we should have the house finished before winter. A: "Do you reckon we'll have enough from this harvest to make ends meet?" B: "The good Lord willing and the creek don't rise."
See also: and, creek, lord, rise, willing

up shit's creek (without a paddle)

rude slang In a challenging or daunting situation. I'm a single mother who just lost her job—I'm really up shit's creek right now. A: "I just found out that the school told my parents that I'm failing French." B: "Oh man, you're up shit's creek without a paddle."
See also: creek, up

up a/the creek (without a paddle)

slang In a challenging or troublesome situation, especially one that cannot be easily resolved. I have no savings, so if I get fired from my job, I'll be up the creek without a paddle. Shouldn't we stop for gas? We'll be up a creek if the car dies on that desolate road ahead.
See also: creek, up

up shit creek (without a paddle)

rude slang In a challenging or troublesome situation, especially one that cannot be easily resolved. I have no savings, so if I get fired from my job, I'll be up shit creek without a paddle. Shouldn't we stop for gas? We'll be up shit creek if the car dies on that desolate road ahead.
See also: creek, shit, up

God willing and the creek don't rise

rural If all goes as it should; if everything goes well. We've had a lot of delays, but God willing and the creek don't rise, we should have the house finished before winter. A: "Do you reckon we'll have enough from this harvest to make ends meet?" B: "God willing and the creek don't rise."
See also: and, creek, god, rise, willing

be up (a/the) creek (without a paddle)

slang To be in a challenging or troublesome situation, especially one that cannot be easily resolved. I have no savings, so if I get fired from my job, I'll be up the creek without a paddle. Shouldn't we stop for gas? We'll be up a creek if the car dies on that desolate road ahead.
See also: creek, up

God willing and the creek don't rise

 and Lord willing and the creek don't rise
Rur. If all goes well. Tom: Will you be able to get the house painted before the cold weather sets in? Jane: Yes, God willing and the creek don't rise. We'll be able to visit our daughter for Christmas, Lord willing and the creek don't rise.
See also: and, creek, god, rise, willing

up the creek (without a paddle)

 and up a creek; up shit creek
Inf. Fig. in an awkward position with no easy way out. I'm sort of up the creek and don't know what to do. You are up a creek! You got yourself into it, so get yourself out.
See also: creek, up

up a creek

Also, up shit creek; up the creek (without a paddle). In trouble, in a serious predicament, as in If the check doesn't arrive today I'm up a creek, or The car wouldn't start, so I was up the creek without a paddle. This slangy idiom conjures up the image of a stranded canoeist with no way of moving (paddling) the canoe. President Harry S. Truman used the first term in a letter in 1918. The first variant is considered vulgar.
See also: creek, up

up the creek

Also, up shit creek. See up a creek.
See also: creek, up

up the creek

INFORMAL or

up shit creek

INFORMAL, VERY RUDE
If someone or something is up the creek or up shit creek, they are in a very difficult situation. The company's recent collapse has left their pension fund members up the creek. If we lose another player through injury we're basically up the creek. The economy's up shit creek and everyone's unemployed. Note: You can also use the full expression, up the creek without a paddle. Manufacturing really is up the creek without a paddle. He owes the bank a lot of money so he's up the creek without a paddle. Note: A creek is a narrow bay. The idea is of being in a boat such as a canoe without being able to control it.
See also: creek, up

be up the creek without a paddle

be in severe difficulty, usually with no means of extricating yourself from it. informal
Often shortened to be up the creek , this expression is recorded in the mid 20th century as military slang for ‘lost’ (for example, while on a patrol).
See also: creek, paddle, up, without

up shit creek

in an awkward predicament.
See also: creek, shit, up

up the ˈcreek

(informal) (also up shit ˈcreek (without a ˈpaddle) taboo, slang) in great difficulty: Make sure you look after the money and passports — if they get stolen we’ll be right up the creek.
See also: creek, up

God willing and the creek don’t rise

and GWATCDR
phr. & comp. abb. If we are lucky. I’ll be there, GWATCDR.
See also: and, creek, god, rise, willing

up shit creek (without a paddle)

and up the creek (without a paddle) and up a creek
mod. in an awkward position with no easy way out. (Usually objectionable.) There I was, at Disney World with only a measly $47.54. I was literally up the creek without a paddle. You are up a creek! You got yourself into it, so get yourself out.
See also: creek, paddle, shit, up, without

up the creek without a paddle

verb
See also: creek, paddle, up, without

up a creek

verb
See also: creek, up

up shit creek

verb
See also: creek, shit, up

up the creek

verb
See also: creek, up

up the creek (without a paddle)

Informal
In a difficult, unfortunate, or inextricable position.
See also: creek, up

up shit creek (without a paddle)

In dire circumstances with no hope of help.
See also: creek, shit, up
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Until the late colonial era Creek tribal population was pushing 40,000 tribal members equally divided between the Upper towns of central Alabama; 20,000 and 20,000 Lower Creeks in western Georgia.
To date, the clean-up drive along rivers, creeks and big canals in the six districts of QC is almost 90 percent done, according to Cabungcal.
Embroiled in war with the Cherokees, South Carolina wanted to avoid war with the Creeks at all costs and eagerly accepted Creek overtures following the incident.
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Since 1985, the Feather River coalition has controlled erosion on 38 creeks and contributed $5 million to the local economy.
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Proposition 50 money, awarded for the first time in this program, will be used by 32 cities, counties and non-profit organizations for the acquisition, restoration, protection and development of areas along rivers, streams and creeks.
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It's half the size of the Middle Fork of Bishop Creek, yet much larger than Tuttle, Baker and Goodale creeks.
Although the placer gold content of the fill remains to be evaluated, it is thought to be of high potential for placer gold considering its location immediately downstream from known producing tributaries, Eureka and Dominion creeks.
The plan's boundaries include portions of the creek, the Santa Clara River, the Castaic and Bouquet creeks and the South Fork River.
Besides the Hot Creek and the Owens River, with their self-supporting wild trout population, the Eastern Sierra offers anglers other fish-rich waters, ranging from tiny, brushy creeks to large reservoirs.