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up shit's creek (without a paddle)

rude slang In a challenging or daunting situation. I'm a single mother who just lost her job—I'm really up shit's creek right now. A: "I just found out that the school told my parents that I'm failing French." B: "Oh man, you're up shit's creek without a paddle."
See also: creek, up

paddle one's own canoe

Fig. to do something by oneself; to be alone. I've been left to paddle my own canoe too many times. Sally isn't with us. She's off paddling her own canoe.
See also: canoe, own, paddle

paddle your own canoe

to be independent and not need help from anyone else We hoped that after he left college he'd paddle his own canoe.
See also: canoe, own, paddle

paddle one's own canoe

Be independent and self-reliant, as in It's time Bill learned to paddle his own canoe. This idiom alludes to steering one's own boat. [c. 1800]
See also: canoe, own, paddle

up a creek

Also, up shit creek; up the creek (without a paddle). In trouble, in a serious predicament, as in If the check doesn't arrive today I'm up a creek, or The car wouldn't start, so I was up the creek without a paddle. This slangy idiom conjures up the image of a stranded canoeist with no way of moving (paddling) the canoe. President Harry S. Truman used the first term in a letter in 1918. The first variant is considered vulgar.
See also: creek, up

up shit creek (without a paddle)

and up the creek (without a paddle) and up a creek
mod. in an awkward position with no easy way out. (Usually objectionable.) There I was, at Disney World with only a measly $47.54. I was literally up the creek without a paddle. You are up a creek! You got yourself into it, so get yourself out.
See also: creek, paddle, shit, up, without

up the creek without a paddle

See also: creek, paddle, up, without

up a creek

See also: creek, up
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May 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In partnership with researchers from the University of Montana, Nielsen-Kellerman (NK) has developed the first SUP-specific calorie equation to calculate energy expenditure for all experience levels of stand up paddlers.
ASRT founder and president Fred Couch said, It s critical for paddlers to have campsites they can legally use, and this gives people a place to camp who otherwise would have no place to overnight while traversing the Tallapoosa.
A pump failure and dropping water levels delayed the last two paddlers in the final - Florence and Slovakia's Matej Benus - by over 20 minutes.
The primary aim of this research was to establish the nature, incidences, and severity of injury in competitive Waka Ama paddlers in New Zealand.
Initially, paddlers arrived with toy boats and canoes, such as one might find on any lazy stream or lake around the South.
While most of that boat traffic has a motor or a wing attached, Port of Chelan County Economic Development Director Ron Johnston-Rodriguez is intent on adding paddlers to the mix.
Kayaking is one such sport, where although paddlers possess unique characteristics not commonly observed in the general population, there is no single trait that distinguishes an elite kayak paddler.
He's coming," someone shouts, and people rush back to the water, pounding drums and paddles on the dock boards, singing at the top of their lungs, hoping to see Tsu-xiit swim back towards them as he had done throughout that day, up and down Muchalaht Inlet as DFO officers and First Nations paddlers played a kind of tug of war with the whale.
The 26-year-old paddler from Bridge of Allan finished third in Ausburg, Germany, in the penultimate round of the event on Saturday.
Around noon, an exhausted Balinese paddler collapsed.
Combining the characteristics of the company's popular Castine and Nantucket touring series, Old Town(r) has created a kayak that is ideal for the day paddler.
Bald eagles, osprey, and white pelicans are common sights, and the lucky paddler may even spot a grizzly sauntering along the shore.
Total anarchy leads to confusion, so once I'm confident the bow paddler has learned the ropes, I'm content to let him paddle when he feels like it, with me adding whatever strokes are necessary to keep the boat more or less on an even keel.
I will be even more determined to work hard in training on the water and in the gym so I can continue to develop as a paddler.
Reigning three-time male champion Danny Ching of California, a multiple Battle of the Paddle winner and world champion OC1 paddler, will defend his title.