pretty 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
References in classic literature ?
A pretty pickle, truly, thought I; abed here in a strange house in the broad day, with a cannibal and a tomahawk
Tony Blair might reflect on the fact that Cherie would have been in a pretty pickle without it.
Take the former England captain out of the equation and, as goalkeeper Shay Given suggested a fortnight ago, the Geordies would be in a pretty pickle.
As part of a super package deal, it seems you were also on the receiving end of the clarity of vision of a bashful ostrich, the self-restraint of a rutting pig and the calmness in a crisis of a chicken that has recently parted company with its head - and you've ended up in a pretty pickle all round.
25am) A bungled jewel robbery leaves an apprentice locksmith in a pretty pickle.