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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 ?
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 have come to a pretty pass when our homes may be treated like common gaols.
Things have come to a pretty pass if a minister can't find enough in Holy Writ to preach about, that's what.
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.
When modern philanthropy begins to apologize for Nero, modern philanthropy has arrived at a pretty pass indeed
Things have got to a pretty pass, if a woman can't give a warm supper and a bed to poor, starving creatures, just because they are slaves, and have been abused and oppressed all their lives, poor things
Things is come to a pretty pass,' growled Mr Riderhood, rising to his feet, goaded to stand at bay, 'when bullyers as is wearing dead men's clothes, and bullyers as is armed with dead men's knives, is to come into the houses of honest live men, getting their livings by the sweats of their brows, and is to make these here sort of charges with no rhyme and no reason, neither the one nor yet the other
It's come to a pretty pass when the First Minister has to make a grovelling apology.
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.
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.