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be in a pickle

slang To be in a troublesome situation. The adjectives "pretty" and "right" are commonly used before "pickle." Boy, am I in a pickle—I accidentally made plans with two different men tonight! We're in a pretty pickle now because the hotel gave our room away!
See also: pickle

*in a fix

Fig. in a bad situation. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) I really got myself into a fix. I owe a lot of money on my taxes. John is in a fix because he lost his wallet. John got into a fix.
See also: fix

*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.
See also: pickle

pretty pickle

Fig. a difficult situation. (Pickle = a bad situation.) Well, this is a pretty pickle you've gotten us into.
See also: pickle, pretty

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

be in a (pretty/right) pickle

  (old-fashioned, informal)
to be in a difficult situation If you run out of money in the middle of your stay you'll be in a right pickle.
See also: pickle

in a fix

Also, in a pickle or spot . In a difficult or embarrassing situation, in a dilemma. For example, I was really in a fix when I missed the plane, or Lost and out of gas-how did we get in such a pickle? or John had lost all his money in the crap game-now he was in a spot. The first of these colloquial usages dates from the early 1800s; pickle in the sense of a mess or quandary, sometimes put as in a pretty pickle, dates from the 1500s; spot, also put as in a bad spot or tough spot , dates from the early 1900s. Also see in a bind; in deep, def. 2; in the soup; in trouble; on the spot.
See also: fix
References in classic literature ?
It is very unpleasant, I am afraid of the police," said Pickles.
I have tried in vain to get a licence upon credit at the Post Office;" said Pickles.
This is the last straw," said Pickles, "let us close the shop.
EATING IN FRANCE nearly 20 years ago, chef Renee Erickson ordered a pate plate that came with an invigorating surprise: plum pickles.
There are many different flavors of pickles served in a Turkish kitchen.
Sweet Cucumber Chips - Easy-to-prepare sweet pickles are great for making the most of fresh summer cucumbers.
To prevent scurvy, Christopher Columbus stocked pickles on the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.
Typically brined refrigerated pickles contain less than 100 mM of acetic acid, and have pH values ranging from 3.
TOP Tory Eric Pickles is in hot water for spending too much on tea and biscuits.
FRANK Appleyard, of Shepley, reminds us that Wilfred Pickles (inset), the Yorkshire broadcaster of Have A Go fame, was also a talented actor.
com)-- Patriot Pickle, the Wayne, New Jersey-based manufacturer of fresh barrel-cured pickles, has replaced its secondary packaging with eco-friendly Greencoat[R] wax-free boxes by Interstate Container to transport and brand its “All American Pickle” products.
The founders of Real Dill, Tyler DuBois and Justin Park, approached Great Divide about a collaboration project that would use traditional beer ingredients to produce pickles.
ERIC Pickles was yesterday accused of double standards after attacking councils over trips abroad - despite going to India at the taxpayer's expense.
LIVERPOOL Mayor Joe Anderson attacked Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, saying the Tory had an "ivory tower mentality".
The Pickled Pantry: From Apples to Zucchini, 150 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, Chutneys, & More" is a guide to the many endeavors that pickling can bring.