pretty pickle

pretty pickle

A particularly troublesome or difficult predicament. Boy, am I in a pretty pickle—I accidentally made plans to meet with two different clients at the same time today. Don't worry, I've been in prettier pickles than this. Well, this is a pretty pickle, isn't it? What can we do to get out of it?
See also: pickle, pretty

pretty pickle

Fig. a difficult situation. (Pickle = a bad situation.) Well, this is a pretty pickle you've gotten us into.
See also: pickle, pretty
References in classic literature ?
A pretty pickle, truly, thought I; abed here in a strange house in the broad day, with a cannibal and a tomahawk
The Trump administration put itself in a pretty pickle when it decided to send the deal to the Congress.
American game laws are not quite as specific as they might be when such a pretty pickle comes to pass.
Tony Blair might reflect on the fact that Cherie would have been in a pretty pickle without it.
Take the former England captain out of the equation and, as goalkeeper Shay Given suggested a fortnight ago, the Geordies would be in a pretty pickle.
As part of a super package deal, it seems you were also on the receiving end of the clarity of vision of a bashful ostrich, the self-restraint of a rutting pig and the calmness in a crisis of a chicken that has recently parted company with its head - and you've ended up in a pretty pickle all round.