be in a tough spot

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be in a tough spot

To be in a particularly difficult or awkward situation, especially one that is not easy to get out of. Jeremy's been in more tough spots since he left college than I care to recount. I just don't know what's going to become of that boy if he doesn't clean up his act soon. I'm going to be in quite a tough spot if this loan isn't approved.
See also: spot, tough