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    Default idioms meaning "in difficult situation"

    Hi everyone,

    There are some idioms which describe different difficult situations:

    - To be in a double bind (a person must choose between equally unsatisfactory alternatives)
    - To be in a corner/ tight corner/ place
    - To be in a cleft stick (to have a problem which is very difficult to solve)
    - To be in deep water/ waters ( in a dangerous or vulnerable situation)
    - To be batting on a sticky wicket/ To be on a sticky wicket (difficult or embarrassing problem or situation)
    - To be in a hole/ spot (in debt)
    - To be in a bad way (the patient's condition is very serious)

    Are they really used in your country? How often?

    Do you know another idiom with this meaning?

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "in difficult situation"

    Quote Originally Posted by Olenek View Post
    Hi everyone,

    There are some idioms which describe different difficult situations:

    - To be in a double bind (a person must choose between equally unsatisfactory alternatives)
    - To be in a corner/ tight corner/ place
    - To be in a cleft stick (to have a problem which is very difficult to solve)
    - To be in deep water/ waters ( in a dangerous or vulnerable situation)
    - To be batting on a sticky wicket/ To be on a sticky wicket (difficult or embarrassing problem or situation)
    - To be in a hole/ spot (in debt)
    - To be in a bad way (the patient's condition is very serious)

    Are they really used in your country? How often?

    Do you know another idiom with this meaning?

    Many Thanks to everyone!
    - To be up sh*t creek [without a paddle.]

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "in difficult situation"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    - To be up sh*t creek [without a paddle.]
    Continuing with the theme...

    to be knee deep in sh*t

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    "He is in a catch-22 situation!"

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "in difficult situation"

    ...between a rock and a hard place.
    ...in it up to your neck.
    ...between the devil and the deep blue sea.

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    "He's in a no win situation!"

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    I'm in a jam!

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    I'm with my back against/to the wall.
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    "He's got me by the balls!"

    "He's got me by the short hairs!"

    "I'll be lucky to ever see daylight, again!"

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