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    Question Idioms for stress/problems?

    I'm compiling a list of all the idioms I can think of that are used to describe someone that is stressed out/burdened/has problems (particularly in business). This is what I have so far:

    "In the weeds"
    "In the rough"
    "In a pickle"
    "Albatross around you neck"
    "At your wits end"

    What am I missing?

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    Re: Idioms for stress/problems?

    You're up to your neck in it...
    You're up S*** Creek without a paddle...
    You're snowed under...
    You're drowning in paperwork...
    You've got too much on your plate...

    NB: "albatross round your neck"; "at your wits' end".

    All the best,

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    Re: Idioms for stress/problems?

    "To have your back against the wall"

    "To be under the cosh"

    "To have a hard row to hoe"

    Another nautical one (like the albatross - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and search for "albatross"): 'In the Doldrums'

    A few sporting ones:
    Stymied (golf)
    Behind the eight ball (pool)
    Snookered (snooker)

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    Re: Idioms for stress/problems?

    Burned out

    Run into the ground

    Too much to do and too little time in which to do it.

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    Smile Re: Idioms for stress/problems?

    It's very helpful to me too,guys
    Thanks very much


    Thank you

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    Re: Idioms for stress/problems?

    A few more:

    Another sporting one: 'On the ropes' (boxing)

    '[Go/be] belly-up'.
    '[Be] dead in the water'

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    PS - These are all pretty serious - it's not just a question of having too much to do. But I've met them in a business context: 'John's proposal is dead in the water. The company's committed to Jane's idea.'
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    Re: Idioms for stress/problems?

    "To have one's work cut out'.

    Example: The dead-line is very soon. We'll have our work cut out to get everything done in time.

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