be in a pickle

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be in a pickle

slang To be in a troublesome situation. The adjectives "pretty" and "right" are commonly used before "pickle." Boy, am I in a pickle—I accidentally made plans with two different men tonight! We're in a pretty pickle now because the hotel gave our room away!
See also: pickle

be in a (pretty/right) pickle

  (old-fashioned, informal)
to be in a difficult situation If you run out of money in the middle of your stay you'll be in a right pickle.
See also: pickle