in a hole
in a hole
slang In a disadvantageous position. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I'm in a hole here, trying to fix my car on the side of the road with no clue what to do! I've been in a hole with some of my friends ever since they heard that I started a rumor about them.
in a holemainly BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you are in a hole, you are in a difficult or embarrassing situation. Whenever Frank was in a hole, he'd call me and ask for help. They definitely left me in a hole when they couldn't honour their contract. Note: If someone or something gets you out of a hole, they get you out of a difficult or embarrassing situation. He was the player you relied on to get the team out of a hole when it mattered. Many companies are hoping for a stock market increase to get them out of a hole.
in a holein an awkward situation from which it is difficult to escape. informal
This figurative use of hole has been in use since the mid 18th century (compare with dig yourself into a hole at dig). The English politician Denis Healey described the first law of politics as ‘when you are in a hole, stop digging’.