dig (someone or oneself) out of a hole

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dig (someone or oneself) out of a hole

To find a solution to or help recover from a particularly difficult situation, especially one created by a mistake, misfortune, or ill judgment. The line cooks had a huge amount of orders to fill, so the manager helped them plate the food to dig them out of a hole. My little brother is always getting in trouble with the law, and it's always me who has to go dig him out of a hole! We made a few bad investments last year, and we've been digging ourselves out of a hole ever since.
See also: dig, hole, of, out
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If others matched his attitude and energy then they wouldn't have had to dig themselves out of a hole. 7 LUKASZ FABIANSKI A couple of routine saves and then left with no chance for opener and couldn't stretch enough to stop the second.
BOSSES battling to create the world's biggest mining company will have to dig themselves out of a hole. Mick Davis, chief executive of Xstrata, and Glencore boss Ivan Glasenberg could both make millions from the pounds 57billion merger of the two firms.
LEE SINNOTT called for Vale to dig themselves out of a hole after this loss left them deep in relegation trouble.
While many Americans are born into families with assets to build upon (real estate, stocks, bonds, etc.), too many African Americans dig themselves out of a hole left by a generation that failed to make financial literacy and wealth preservation a priority.