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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 be able 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

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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We notice our customers enjoy paddling a real wooden canoe, it gives them that extra back-to-nature feeling," concludes Nick.
If your kids are still of an age where they're liable to get tired and need a break from paddling, make sure you pace yourself and pick a distance that you are confident you can comfortably paddle without any input from the little ones
We wanted an epic event to bring together the paddling community around the Great Lakes in a collective challenge to cover the entire 1,100 miles of the Lower Michigan shoreline," said event organizers Nick Murray of Traverse City, Michigan, and James Dagg of Wixom, Michigan.
How hard you have to work to get from point A to point B will influence your success and enjoyment as a fisherman--particularly if you're covering a lot of water or paddling into a strong wind or current.
He kept paddling, hard and steady, from the front of the boat.
By now, the women are paddling up to a bay in the still waters across the Shoreline Apartments.
The two-person canoes require a carefully coordinated paddling effort to get the thing to move in a straight line.
Six of us in three canoes had been dropped off by float plane and were scheduled to spend 10 days paddling 175 miles of the Mountain, which plunges down through the Mackenzie Mountains to its namesake river in Canada's Northwest Territories.
Another advantage with a tandem is that a parent can drop a child into the bow cockpit and handle the paddling alone with a minimal trade-off of speed and reach.
95) is a one-stop resource for pricing equipment, comparing models and locating such items as how-to videos, folding kayaks, flotation devices, build-your-own models, paddling mitts and car-top carriers.
I've had a good day if I go paddling,'' said Carolyn Pidduck, a schoolteacher in Ventura and president of the Hokuloa Outrigger Club in Ventura.
Next year sees the centenary of the start of that war and, to celebrate, Labour-run Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is going to remove the paddling pool, which has been used by generations and still brings thousands of people to the park every year.
Maintaining balance in the ocean swell uses every muscle in the body, while paddling tones the arms and stomach muscles.
Stand up paddling involves standing on a large surfboard -- typically between nine and 12 feet long -- and using a paddle for movement.
Growler Rapid was coming through cancer, working as a team, paddling like crazy.