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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!
See also: pickle

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

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

*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.
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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.
See also: fix

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.
See also: fix

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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Cut 1kg small pickling or ridged cucumbers into sticks or slices.
Because the staff in Raleigh are intimately familiar with pickling production processes and FDA requirements and procedures, they can help clarify what changes actually mean and require," Bursiek says.
A significant reduction in the environmental impact of the pickling process, due to the complete elimination of HF acid and related emissions, with a consequent reduction in indirect risks associated with air pollutants, waste disposal and potential accid
However, with some adaptation, similar plants could be employed for a whole range of stainless steel components and fabrications requiring degreasing, pickling or passivation.
I've changed ingredients and proportions of sugar to vinegar, used maple syrup or turbinado or sucanet instead of white sugar, used cider vinegar instead of white, and used different combinations of pickling and other spices; added onions, peppers, broccoli, and made and eaten hundreds of jars of this, our favorite pickle.
Pickling with hot vinegar preserves by sterilization.
Hot line: For pickling or other food preserving questions, phone the OSU/Lane County Extension Service food preservation hot line at 682-4246.
Pickling offers an easy and convenient form of preparing such dishes.
In 2011, China pickling tank output value reached CNY1.
You can preserve vegetables using these three basic methods: lactic fermentation (cured with salt), canning (soaked in pickling lime) and refrigeration (immersed in a vinegar solution).
Recently, WISCO has supplied the hot-rolled pickling steel (RST330), which is used for the tank of water heater to Haier in Qingdao in large batch of over 1,500 tons per month.
Acid pickling is usually the final cleaning stage prior to plating and is the removal of scale (surface oxides) and other contaminants such as dirt and films from chemical immersion.
In one shared by Ruth Nebron, the salmon is cooked in the pickling mixture, while in another recipe the raw salmon is simply refrigerated in a cooked vinegar mixture for three to four days.
COOKING FRESH beets in a pungent pickling mixture counters their natural earthy flavor with a sweet tartness.