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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!
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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 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.
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*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.
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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

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.
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in a fix

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.
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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 This form, which dates from the mid 17th century, has superseded an earlier mid 16th-century variant a rod in piss .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

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.
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Etchells, who led the lab from 1937, shortly after it was formally organized, until he retired in 1975, made many contributions to the science of safe and efficient commercial pickling.
Slice fresh cucumbers into a brine of 1/3 cup pickling salt to 1 quart water, let set overnight or all day (or overnight and all day)
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Drain salmon and remove bay leaves and pickling spice.
You can increase acidity in two ways: by adding acetic acid (vinegar), which is called quick pickling, or by causing lactic acid formation, which is called fermenting.
2 quarts pickling cucumbers, 3 to 5 inches long, blossom ends removed
Its capabilities include pickling, tempering, oiling, lube coating, slitting and edge trimming with an annual pickling capacity of 450,000 tons.
Since 1958, the company has maintained its corporate headquarters as well as significant packing and pickling operations in Chaska, MN.
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In a saucepan, simmer vinegar and pickling spices, uncovered, 10 minutes; cool slightly, add garlic and bay leaf.
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2 pounds medium pickling cucumbers, ends trimmed and sliced into 1/8-inch-thick rounds
DZ Pickling introduces their latest product, pickled "Green Garlic Tomatoes," original, and for the more adventurous -- try the spicy hot version made with red chiles