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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
References in classic literature ?
Throwing a last and lingering glance at the distant canoes, he laid aside his rifle, and, relieving the wearied Duncan, resumed the paddle, which he wielded with sinews that never tired.
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the death of the country's first-ever "first cat," Paddles, on Wednesday, prompting reactions filled with grief and sadness on Twitter.
Ideal for family paddles or a quiet day on the water, "Take a Paddle: Western New York" will prove to be an indispensable guide for any canoer or kayaker in the region.
Paddles are designed to be slid between the wearer's belt and pants.
Kayak paddles come in a wide range of styles, lengths and weights.
Yet the participants with the large paddles judged the ball to be moving significantly slower.
Beginners often hold their paddles backward, which affects the power of the stroke.
The Paddle Power activity from Design Squad[TM] Nation challenges kids to build a boat that paddles itself using a rubber band as its power source.
Companies are also sponsoring the team's trip by donating specialist equipment, such as customised kayaks from Sea Kayaking UK, paddles from Lendal and clothing from Reed Chilli Cheaters.
I know the tactics were bad and the old paddle design was a piece of metal covered in leather, but I'm still a bit apprehensive with paddles and I told Gordon my fear--and he talked me off the ledge.
When we reached calm water, we lifted our paddles overhead and slapped them in salute.
Teaming up with Henry the harbour seal at the Marine Science Centre, Germany, the researchers began testing Henry's ability to distinguish between the wakes of differently sized paddles.
Ecko said he had tried to bring in paddles to the Capitol, but Department of Public Safety officers at the building considered them weapons.
The new store will sell rafts, kayaks, canoes, stand-up surfboards, paddles, life jackets, helmets and dry bags in addition to the plethora of paddle boat accessories - nylon straps, stainless steel D-rings, boat repair kits, boat covers, and oar tethers, among others - which Whitewater Designs manufactures on-site and sells to more than 200 retailers nationwide and in Canada.
I was reminded of this while thumbing through the Adirondack Explorer's latest compilation of hikes and paddles gleaned from 11 years of the bimonthly magazine.