up the swanny

up the swanny

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 swanny without a paddle. Shouldn't we stop for gas? We're going to be driving on a highway in the middle of the desert, so we'll be up the swanny if the car dies on us out there.
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