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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!
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*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 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

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.
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"We are in a tough spot at the moment, but we only need one win to secure our place in the league," Holt said.
I fell into a real tough spot. I started drinking a lot.
He continued, "It's a tough spot to be in, especially if you really do appreciate and want to be a support of the side that seems angriest, and the anger is being directed at you."
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San Miguel finds itself in a tough spot to start the PBA Commissioner's Cup after falling 0-2 on Saturday night.
"It was Vince's first varsity match tonight, but he did a nice job despite being in a tough spot in an important conference game," Grant said.
Once the race begins, Ted finds himself in a tough spot, and he must decide between going for gold or learning from the lesson his new friends have taught him and helping someone in need.
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Then a case comes into my wife in which I'm against his brother which puts me in a really tough spot."
Juve are in a tough spot, 2-0 down from the clash in Madrid, but there could still be some mileage in a buy of Ronaldo's tournament goals at 2.2 with Sporting Index.
"I know we are in a tough spot at the moment in terms of our league position but I have confidence in our ability to climb out of that and to start afresh next season looking to finish where we know we can."
He battled through an injury early on, and when he came back was put in a tough spot. He's a great professional and we wish him the best."
"I know how talented he is and I really thought at some point he was going to win it and put me in a tough spot.
However, the company remains in a tough spot," Issam Kassabieh, a senior financial analyst at Menacorp said.