up the creek


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up the creek (without a paddle)

 and up a creek; up shit creek
Inf. Fig. in an awkward position with no easy way out. I'm sort of up the creek and don't know what to do. You are up a creek! You got yourself into it, so get yourself out.
See also: creek, up

up the creek (without a paddle)

also up a creek
in an extremely difficult situation All those people who have money invested in it are going to be up the creek.
Etymology: based on the idea of being in a small boat in a stream and not having a paddle (short pole with a wide, flat part) with which to move it
See also: creek, up

up the creek

Also, up shit creek. See up a creek.
See also: creek, up

up the creek

verb
See also: creek, up

up the creek (without a paddle)

Informal
In a difficult, unfortunate, or inextricable position.
See also: creek, up
References in classic literature ?
At last, one day, John's great heart had swelled altogether too big to wear his bonds any longer; so he just took his pocket-book out of his desk, and went over into Ohio, and bought a quarter of a township of good, rich land, made out free papers for all his people,--men, women, and children,--packed them up in wagons, and sent them off to settle down; and then honest John turned his face up the creek, and sat quietly down on a snug, retired farm, to enjoy his conscience and his reflections.