One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Be in severe difficulty or trouble, especially with no means of extricating oneself from it.‘if the police raided us I'd be up the creek’
in difficulty, in difficulties, having problems, in a mess, in a bad way, in a predicament, in desperate straits, in dire straits, heading for disaster, heading for the rocks, with one's back against the wallView synonyms
- ‘The couple and their three children were forced to move to the new house because they had already sold the old one and David said: ‘We're up the creek without a paddle.’’
- ‘Should he overlook her he could be up the creek without a paddle.’
- ‘Well, it seems I'm up the creek without a paddle.’
- ‘Now, to their utter dismay, that hasn't happened and with IRA decommissioning, about to utterly change the face of Northern politics, political unionism is up the creek without a paddle.’
- ‘And since I live on my own I was up the creek without a paddle.’
- ‘As for labor market ‘fluidity,’ what that really means is your middle-class job is gone and you're up the creek without a paddle - adios chump.’
- ‘That could only last a short time, and any service requiring samples would be up the creek without a paddle.’
- ‘Great thinking Julie, we would been up the creek without a paddle if you wouldn't have brought that up.’
- ‘But it seems that Dawson remains up the creek without a paddle.’
- ‘And I'm up the creek without a paddle if I leave my daily medications, vitamins, eyeglasses, toothbrush or umbrella behind.’
2British Be stupid or misguided.‘he said my idea of Catholicism was up the creek’
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