in chancery

in chancery

1. Literally, in a court of chancery, which is the Lord Chancellor's court (in the UK) or a court of equity (in the US). I'm in chancery today, waiting for the decision in our case to be announced.
2. Faced with a hopeless or challenging situation. I'm in chancery here, trying to fix my car on the side of the road with no clue what to do!
References in classic literature ?
There is another well-known suit in Chancery, not yet decided, which was commenced before the close of the last century and in which more than double the amount of seventy thousand pounds has been swallowed up in costs.
The simplicity and expedition which form the distinguishing characters of this mode of trial require that the matter to be decided should be reduced to some single and obvious point; while the litigations usual in chancery frequently comprehend a long train of minute and independent particulars.
She had made a success of her business, and now had an office in Chancery Lane; she did little typing herself, but spent her time correcting the work of the four girls she employed.
Mr Boffin, I happened to be in Chancery Lane this morning, when I saw you going along before me.
In this case the office in Chancery Lane was the very first place which he and Sir Percival would cause to be watched, and if the same persons were chosen for the purpose who had been employed to follow me, before my departure from England, the fact of my return would in all probability be ascertained on that very day.
Today Jessica Flynn has searched for fallen servicemen who lived in Chancery Lane and Eton Place in Canton, Cardiff.
The 31-year-old was taken into custody yesterday after being found in Chancery Lane area of Riverside, Cardiff.
The victim died after, what police describe as, an "incident" in Chancery Lane, in the Chapel End area of Nuneaton, shortly after 2.
As things stand, mediation in Chancery requires the filing of a formal lawsuit, instituted by a complaint that, in large measure, must be made publicly accessible.
In Spy in Chancery Corbett again faces de Crayon, both in England and France.
Singer's suit to have the terms of the option agreement consummated was denied in Chancery Court.
After an extensive search an air weapon was seized at a house in Chancery Lane.
The man died after what police describe as an "incident" in Chancery Lane, in the Chapel End area of the town, shortly after 2.
A problem, however, arose: the defendant, Gouge, refused to answer Oxford's suit, arguing that a judgment at common law could not be questioned in Chancery.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT OR THE REGISTER IN CHANCERY REGARDING THIS NOTICE.