in trouble

in trouble

1. Subject to punishment for a particular offense or wrongdoing. I'm in trouble with my parents for sneaking out last night. Jed's in trouble with the law again. Oooh, you're in trouble now! Mom's gonna kill you.
2. In a problematic situation or in a state of hardship. I'm in trouble, Dave. Is there any way you could lend me some money? If you get in trouble out there, just call me and I'll find you. She'll be in trouble if she doesn't see the obstacles up ahead.
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*in trouble

 
1. in danger; in difficulty; due for punishment. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) If you don't be quiet, you're going to be in trouble. The company was in trouble for months, and then went bankrupt.
2. Euph. pregnant and unmarried. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) They had to get married. She was in trouble. She'll be in trouble before long, if she doesn't quit running around like that.
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The Italian international landed in trouble after his Audi RS4 was spotted by traffic wardens in a disabled parking space outside Milan's Linate airport, it reported.
However, if the detainees get in trouble with local law enforcement departments, then it is likely that they will wind up back in the York County prison and the county will lose the revenues but will not be able to cut costs.
Mr Nally had never been in trouble in his life and it is quite obvious he was forced to take such drastic action.
Brown is president of the Earth Policy Institute and author of Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. For additional information on this topic: http://www.earth-policy.org/Updates/2006/Update55.htm.
To avoid getting in trouble down the line as a result of delivering assistance in living (AIL) services in existing independent living units, ask yourself six tough questions now, and answer them from the perspective of the years 2005 through 2010:
Although the violence in the film mostly occurs off-screen, its implied glass-eating scene got the film in trouble with the Hollywood Code watchdogs.
A legal permanent resident, he was raised in America and did well until high school when he got in trouble with a gang.
But he was a clean-cut boy who attended school and had never been in trouble with the law.
He spent his entire ten-week detention in solitary confinement, says Berman, who characterizes some of what his client suffered as "torture." "He's a person who's twenty-one years old, never in trouble in his life," says Berman.
side alone.) The toll has risen so alarmingly that, according to news reports, border patrol guards are now receiving training in first aid and carrying water and high-energy bars to aid those in trouble.
Many players had previously been in trouble with the law, with some arrested for car theft, vandalism and shoplifting.
"He's always getting in trouble, and the reason is that he focuses on himself."