Definition of be up the creek in English:

be up the creek

phrase

informal
  • 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’
    • ‘But it seems that Dawson remains up the creek without a paddle.’
    • ‘Well, it seems I'm 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.’
    • ‘Great thinking Julie, we would been up the creek without a paddle if you wouldn't have brought that up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That could only last a short time, and any service requiring samples would be 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 wall
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  • 2British Be stupid or misguided.

    ‘he said my idea of Catholicism was up the creek’