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    "To be in a difficult situation". One of my dictionaries says that it's old-fashioned. Is it used nowadays?

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    Default Re: be in a pickle

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "To be in a difficult situation". One of my dictionaries says that it's old-fashioned. Is it used nowadays?
    I think it is old-fashioned, but I've been known to use it. Of course, I'm old.

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    Default Re: be in a pickle

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I think it is old-fashioned, but I've been known to use it. Of course, I'm old.
    Hope no hard feelings taken.

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    Default Re: be in a pickle

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I think it is old-fashioned, but I've been known to use it. Of course, I'm old.
    I am with riquecohen - about the old-fashioned and the old.

    I tend to say, 'I'm in a bit of a pickle'

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    Default Re: be in a pickle

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I am with riquecohen - about the old-fashioned and the old.

    I tend to say, 'I'm in a bit of a pickle'
    You can add me to the list as well.

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    Default Re: be in a pickle

    Gosh, you guys are old!

    My version is "in a bit of a jam."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Gosh, you guys are old! Old, but distiguished.

    My version is "in a bit of a jam." I hear that in BrE too - from other distinguished people.
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    Default Re: be in a pickle

    I use both (with 'in a bit of')

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    Default Re: be in a pickle

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
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    Do you use it often because a Cambridge dictionary says it's old-fashioned too?
    Last edited by ostap77; 06-Nov-2010 at 16:10.

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    Default Re: be in a pickle

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Do you use it often because a Cambridge dictionary says it's old-fashioned too?
    I don't use it often - but that's because the situation doesn't arise that often.

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