be in a pickle(redirected from one was in a pickle)
be in a pickle
slang To be in a troublesome situation. Boy, am I in a pickle—I accidentally made plans with two different men tonight! We're in a real pickle now because the hotel gave our room away!
See also: pickle
be in a pretty pickle
slang To be in a particularly troublesome situation. Boy, am I in a pretty pickle now—I accidentally made plans with two different men tonight! We forgot to book a hotel room before we left. We'll be in a pretty pickle if the hotel doesn't have any rooms free when we get there!
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in a pickle, to be/get
In a bad situation; in trouble. Although it sounds very up to date, this expression dates from Shakespeare’s time. “How camest thou in this pickle?” says Alonso to his fellow-conspirator (The Tempest, 5.1). The term has been so used ever since.
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