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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

up a/the creek (without a paddle)

slang In a challenging or troublesome situation, especially one that cannot be easily resolved. I have no savings, so if I get fired from my job, I'll be up the creek without a paddle. Shouldn't we stop for gas? We'll be up a creek if the car dies on that desolate road ahead.
See also: creek, up

up shit creek (without a paddle)

rude slang In a challenging or troublesome situation, especially one that cannot be easily resolved. I have no savings, so if I get fired from my job, I'll be up shit creek without a paddle. Shouldn't we stop for gas? We'll be up shit creek if the car dies on that desolate road ahead.
See also: creek, shit, up

paddle (one's) own canoe

To act independently. Now that you're 30, people expect you to paddle your own canoe—you can't just live with your parents forever.
See also: canoe, own, paddle

be up (a/the) creek (without a paddle)

slang To be in a challenging or troublesome situation, especially one that cannot be easily resolved. I have no savings, so if I get fired from my job, I'll be up the creek without a paddle. Shouldn't we stop for gas? We'll be up a creek if the car dies on that desolate road ahead.
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 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

paddle your own canoe

If you paddle your own canoe, you control what you want to do without anyone's help or interference. With no one managing him, he was basically left to paddle his own canoe. As far as the rest of Europe is concerned we've just got to paddle our own canoe.
See also: canoe, own, paddle

be up the creek without a paddle

be in severe difficulty, usually with no means of extricating yourself from it. informal
Often shortened to be up the creek , this expression is recorded in the mid 20th century as military slang for ‘lost’ (for example, while on a patrol).
See also: creek, paddle, up, without

paddle your own canoe

be independent and self-sufficient. informal
This expression has been in figurative use from the early 19th century: it was the title of a popular song by Sarah T. Bolton in 1854 .
See also: canoe, own, paddle

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

verb
See also: creek, paddle, up, without

up a creek

verb
See also: creek, up
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The council recognises that adhering to all the requirements and regulations to open a paddling pool is a difficult and time-consuming process - which is why it has chosen to provide additional support to help volunteer groups.
West Marine Ultra-Slim Belt Pack offers a low-profile, slim design that provides maximum comfort and maneuverability while paddling, fishing or other recreational boating.
You will be up and paddling on flat water within an hour.
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From these pictures it's easy to tell that paddling had a special place in youngsters' hearts in times gone by.
As we approached some snorkelers while paddling along the shore, Peterson called out, ``Try not to run over the swimmers; they can't see or hear us.
I nested my foot into a strap attached to the bottom of the boat and leaned over the water, paddling hard.
My dog leapt in too and we took turns waiting for him to come downstream, paddling furiously with the current, then plucking him out so he could do it all over again.
Demonstrate small craft competency in the chosen training option(s) by paddling, rowing, and/or sailing a set course.
Despite the paddling, Joanne Chalk's crying, his nose bleeding, and constant prodding from Sister, Abiku uttered not one word.
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In "Take a Paddle Finger Lakes: Quiet Water for Canoes and Kayaks in New York's Finger Lakes" they have created is a thoroughly 'user friendly' map-filled guide for beginning and intermediate paddlers, as well as anyone else who enjoys the unique pleasures of flat-water paddling.
A FORGOTTEN paddling pool will be reopened this summer following a huge effort by campaigners and local residents that began when it first closed four years ago.