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a rod in pickle

obsolete A punishment or retaliation kept in store for future use. The prime minister insisted that Britain had a rod in pickle for any nation that dared encroach upon its sovereign borders in force.
See also: pickle, rod

be in a pickle

slang To be in a troublesome situation. The adjectives "pretty" and "right" are commonly used before "pickle." Boy, am I in a pickle—I accidentally made plans with two different men tonight! We're in a pretty pickle now because the hotel gave our room away!
See also: pickle

get in a pickle

1. To become involved in a difficult, problematic, or troublesome situation. Tom's father has a lot of influence in the community, so he always steps in whenever Tom gets in a pickle. Those two knuckleheads are always getting in some pickle or another.
2. To create a difficult, problematic, or troublesome situation for someone else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "get" and "in." The new CEO has gotten the company in a pickle with this disastrous new marketing campaign. It's not the first time that Sarah's opinions have gotten her in a pickle at school.
See also: get, pickle

get into a pickle

1. To become involved in a difficult, problematic, or troublesome situation. Tom's father has a lot of influence in the community, so he always steps in whenever Tom gets into a pickle. Those two knuckleheads are always getting into some pickle or another.
2. To create a difficult, problematic, or troublesome situation for oneself or someone else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "get" and "into." The new CEO has gotten the company into a pickle with this disastrous new marketing campaign. It's not the first time that Sarah's opinions have gotten her into a pickle at school.
See also: get, pickle

in a fix

In a troublesome situation. Boy, I'm really in a fix—I accidentally made plans with two different men tonight! We're in a fix now because the hotel gave our room away!
See also: fix

in a pickle

In a troublesome or difficult situation. The adjectives "pretty" and "right" are commonly used before "pickle." Boy, am I in a pickle—I accidentally made plans to meet with two different clients today. We're in a pretty pickle now because the hotel gave our room away.
See also: pickle

in a pretty pickle

In a troublesome or difficult situation. Boy, am I in a pretty pickle—I accidentally made plans to meet with two different clients today. We're in a pretty pickle now because the hotel gave our room away.
See also: pickle, pretty

picklepuss

1. An exaggerated frown, scowl, or sullen expression (as if reacting to the briny flavor of pickle juice). What's with the picklepuss? We're on vacation—lighten up! The president's famous picklepuss appeared the moment the British Prime Minister began talking about the proposed trade agreement during the conference.
2. Someone who wears such an expression frequently or constantly. We threw a surprise birthday party for Bill, but the picklepuss didn't even smile. Don't be such a picklepuss, darling. We're at a party, so stop worrying about work and try to enjoy yourself.

play hide the pickle

vulgar slang To engage in sexual intercourse. "Pickle" is a vulgar slang term for a penis. "Hide the pickle" is sometimes hyphenated. A: "So, did you two play hide the pickle last night?" B: "Hey, that's a very personal question!" They made out on the dance floor for a while before going back to her dorm room to play a little hide-the-pickle.
See also: hide, pickle, play

pretty pickle

A particularly troublesome or difficult predicament. Boy, am I in a pretty pickle—I accidentally made plans to meet with two different clients at the same time today. Don't worry, I've been in prettier pickles than this. Well, this is a pretty pickle, isn't it? What can we do to get out of it?
See also: pickle, pretty

tickle (one's) pickle

1. To be appealing or pleasant to someone; to be intriguing or of interest to someone. A: "Do you want to go to a movie later on?" B: "I don't know, there's nothing that really tickles my pickle in theaters right now." I'm not going to declare my major until I've had a couple years in college to see what ends up tickling my pickle.
2. vulgar slang Of a man, to masturbate. Yeah, I still think of my ex-girlfriend when I, you know, tickle my pickle.
3. vulgar slang To masturbate a man. I thought that maybe she'd tickle my pickle, but our date ended right after the movie.
See also: pickle, tickle
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*in a fix

Fig. in a bad situation. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) I really got myself into a fix. I owe a lot of money on my taxes. John is in a fix because he lost his wallet. John got into a fix.
See also: fix

*in a (pretty) pickle

Fig. in a mess; in trouble. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) John has gotten himself into a pickle. He has two dates for the party. Now we are in a pretty pickle. We are out of gas.
See also: pickle

pretty pickle

Fig. a difficult situation. (Pickle = a bad situation.) Well, this is a pretty pickle you've gotten us into.
See also: pickle, pretty
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in a fix

Also, in a pickle or spot . In a difficult or embarrassing situation, in a dilemma. For example, I was really in a fix when I missed the plane, or Lost and out of gas-how did we get in such a pickle? or John had lost all his money in the crap game-now he was in a spot. The first of these colloquial usages dates from the early 1800s; pickle in the sense of a mess or quandary, sometimes put as in a pretty pickle, dates from the 1500s; spot, also put as in a bad spot or tough spot , dates from the early 1900s. Also see in a bind; in deep, def. 2; in the soup; in trouble; on the spot.
See also: fix
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in a fix

INFORMAL
If someone is in a fix, they are in a difficult or dangerous situation. He kept turning to me whenever he was in a fix and of course I'd help him out. The government is in a fix over access to the countryside.
See also: fix
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a rod in pickle

a punishment in store.
In pickle means ‘preserved ready for future use’. This form, which dates from the mid 17th century, has superseded an earlier mid 16th-century variant a rod in piss .
See also: pickle, rod
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

in a (real, right, etc.) ˈpickle

(informal) in a difficult situation; in a mess: Things are in a real pickle at the moment, I’m afraid. My assistant’s left and I’m completely lost without him!Can you help me? I’m in a bit of a pickle.
See also: pickle
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

picklepuss

n. a person who has a puckered up mouth; a child who is about to cry. She is such a picklepuss. Nothing seems to please her.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: get, to
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