One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘by 1995, the firm was in trouble’
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
informal in shtook, in a tight corner, in a tight spot, in a fix, in a hole, in hot water, up the creek, up the creek without a paddle, in a jam, in a pickle, in the soup, screwed, up against it
British informal up a gum tree
vulgar slang in the shit, in deep shit, up shit creek
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