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up shit's creek (without a paddle)

rude slang In a challenging or daunting situation. I'm a single mother who just lost her job—I'm really up shit's creek right now. A: "I just found out that the school told my parents that I'm failing French." B: "Oh man, you're up shit's creek without a paddle."
See also: creek, up

up a/the creek (without a paddle)

slang In a challenging or troublesome situation, especially one that cannot be easily resolved. I have no savings, so if I get fired from my job, I'll be up the creek without a paddle. Shouldn't we stop for gas? We'll be up a creek if the car dies on that desolate road ahead.
See also: creek, up

up shit creek (without a paddle)

rude slang In a challenging or troublesome situation, especially one that cannot be easily resolved. I have no savings, so if I get fired from my job, I'll be up shit creek without a paddle. Shouldn't we stop for gas? We'll be up shit creek if the car dies on that desolate road ahead.
See also: creek, shit, up

paddle (one's) own canoe

To act independently. Now that you're 30, people expect you to paddle your own canoe—you can't just live with your parents forever.
See also: canoe, own, paddle

be up (a/the) creek (without a paddle)

slang To be in a challenging or troublesome situation, especially one that cannot be easily resolved. I have no savings, so if I get fired from my job, I'll be up the creek without a paddle. Shouldn't we stop for gas? We'll be up a creek if the car dies on that desolate road ahead.
See also: creek, up

paddle one's own canoe

Fig. to do something by oneself; to be alone. I've been left to paddle my own canoe too many times. Sally isn't with us. She's off paddling her own canoe.
See also: canoe, own, paddle

paddle one's own canoe

Be independent and self-reliant, as in It's time Bill learned to paddle his own canoe. This idiom alludes to steering one's own boat. [c. 1800]
See also: canoe, own, paddle

up a creek

Also, up shit creek; up the creek (without a paddle). In trouble, in a serious predicament, as in If the check doesn't arrive today I'm up a creek, or The car wouldn't start, so I was up the creek without a paddle. This slangy idiom conjures up the image of a stranded canoeist with no way of moving (paddling) the canoe. President Harry S. Truman used the first term in a letter in 1918. The first variant is considered vulgar.
See also: creek, up

paddle your own canoe

If you paddle your own canoe, you control what you want to do without anyone's help or interference. With no one managing him, he was basically left to paddle his own canoe. As far as the rest of Europe is concerned we've just got to paddle our own canoe.
See also: canoe, own, paddle

be up the creek without a paddle

be in severe difficulty, usually with no means of extricating yourself from it. informal
Often shortened to be up the creek , this expression is recorded in the mid 20th century as military slang for ‘lost’ (for example, while on a patrol).
See also: creek, paddle, up, without

paddle your own canoe

be independent and self-sufficient. informal
This expression has been in figurative use from the early 19th century: it was the title of a popular song by Sarah T. Bolton in 1854 .
See also: canoe, own, paddle

up shit creek (without a paddle)

and up the creek (without a paddle) and up a creek
mod. in an awkward position with no easy way out. (Usually objectionable.) There I was, at Disney World with only a measly $47.54. I was literally up the creek without a paddle. You are up a creek! You got yourself into it, so get yourself out.
See also: creek, paddle, shit, up, without

up the creek without a paddle

verb
See also: creek, paddle, up, without

up a creek

verb
See also: creek, up
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Cunnington is also offering a "Kids Paddle & Pizza," the five-week session for ages 5-14.
Some 15 ladies descended on NessNass beach in Jumeirah, armed with paddle boards to try out stand-up paddle boarding for the first time with Kite N Surf as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge free offerings this month.
Type III Paddle Fishing Life Vest: These have been designed to allow freedom of movement when paddling and fishing.
A spokesperson detailed about their Stand Up Paddle Programming course.
There are usually small hooks or a channel in the paddle designed to position/secure the belt and keep the holster steadier.
Moments after the body was brought to the boat ramp, the Springfield rescue boat went back upriver and returned with the surviving paddle boarder and two paddle boards.
For those with the experience and confidence to head out on their own, here are a few tips to help get your kids canoeing: PLAN A FAMILY PADDLE: HEAD out on a family paddle and if you want to keep an eye on young children, share a boat.
The owner of the paddle boat company who leased the paddle boat was subsequently detained on charges of negligent manslaughter.
Stand-up paddle is a fast-growing sport internationally among recreational athletes.
Paddle boarding is a fast-growing water sport in which people are propelled forward using their paddle to move across the water while standing on a surfboard.
Pong, one of the oldest video games, is a primitive game of virtual pingpong-you control a paddle on screen, moving it to the left or right to block a ball from getting past you.
Paddle The Extraordinary Duck: The Adventure with Monty
Dubai: It's 9am on a Tuesday morning and a clutch of six women have gathered at the Riva Beach Club on Palm Jumeirah for a Stand up Paddle (SUP) session.
Alba)'s role as a socially responsible corporate citizen was highlighted with its sponsorship of Paddle Bahrain, the annual charity event organised by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain), held from November 7- 9, 2013