in a pickle


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*in a (pretty) pickle

Fig. in a mess; in trouble. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) John has gotten himself into a pickle. He has two dates for the party. Now we are in a pretty pickle. We are out of gas.
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in a pickle

experiencing a difficult situation He thinks the media are responsible for his being in such a pickle.
Usage notes: often used with a word describing the type of difficulty: They are going to put themselves in a legal pickle.
See also: pickle