a pretty pass

a pretty pass

A particularly difficult, troublesome, or bad state or situation. (Used especially in the phrase "come to/reach a pretty pass.") Now don't spread this around, but I hear things have come to a pretty pass between Mark and his wife. Negotiations between management and the striking employees reached a pretty pass when the labor union rejected the company's latest deal.
See also: pass, pretty
References in classic literature ?
Your rashness has brought you to a pretty pass, for it must be either you or I, My Lady, and it cannot be I.