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a pretty pass

A particularly difficult, troublesome, or bad state or situation. (Used especially in the phrase "come to/reach a pretty pass.") Now don't spread this around, but I hear things have come to a pretty pass between Mark and his wife. Negotiations between management and the striking employees reached a pretty pass when the labor union rejected the company's latest deal.
See also: pass, pretty
References in classic literature ?
It was in search of her that I came to the pretty pass in which you dis-covered me, and from which, David, you saved me.
Your rashness has brought you to a pretty pass, for it must be either you or I, My Lady, and it cannot be I.
Things must have reached a pretty pass that one of Ed Miliband's principal advisers, Greg Beales, was forced to tell the Labour leader and some of his squabbling henchmen: "Stop behaving like bl**dy children.
Junior guard Randall White buried a 3, and Bennett made back-to-back layups, the second off a pretty pass from Gabrielli, to highlight the spurt.
The 1-4 quoted by Hills that the two DO shake next time Chelsea play Arsenal shows that things really have come to a pretty pass - which is about the only thing Arsenal are good for.
DEFENDERS who can put their foot on the ball and pick a pretty pass are all the rage in the game at the moment - but for me you can't forget what must be a centre-back's priority.
CSUN scored its only goal in the 84th minute, just 32 seconds after the own goal, as junior Farryn Townley (Highland of Palmdale) tied a school record with her ninth goal of the season on a pretty pass from Slepicoff (Saugus).
Other sports don't have quite the same problem and it has come to a pretty pass (excuse the pun) when supporters have to be protected from one another.
It's been a pretty pass that it should all come down to this at the end of a year that began so enticingly a mere 12 months ago.
James Welch, legal director for Liberty said: "It's one thing to use covert surveillance in operations investigating terrorism and other serious crimes, but it has come to a pretty pass when this kind of intrusive activity is used to police school catchment areas.
There's a footnote worth a mention, as things have come to a pretty pass in Washington.
But if this is the best the Government spin doctors can do - clumsy denials which make themselves look more guilty than if they had kept their mouths shut - then things really have come to a pretty pass.
With bodies flying and hitting the floor, Peterson went on to sink 4 of 6 free throw attempts during the next two minutes, while Coviello contributed three points on a free throw and a bucket off a pretty pass from Rizzuto.
Have things reached such a pretty pass that we now have to instruct some parents that it is a good thing to rise from their pits for the sake of their kids?
Alas it has come to a pretty pass, When I cannot see my flowers for grass, Beware chickweed, ivy and dandelion, Your squatters' rights will soon be gone.