up the creek without a paddle


up the creek without a paddle
• up the creek (without a paddle)
• without a paddle
in trouble

She is up the creek now that she has lost her passport.

Digest 22/2002
in a bad situation and unable to proceed; in an awkward position with no easy way out.

Charles agreed to finish the report for his study group but then discovered that the books he needed were only available in the library and the library was closed. He was up the creek without a paddle.

Syn.: high and dry; ((in the lurch)). The expression suggests the situation where one is in a canoe on a small river without the means to navigate. It describes a situation in which one wants or needs to proceed but lacks the means. high and dry and ((in the lurch)) usually describe situations where one is abandoned or stranded by another person, whereas up the creek without a paddle describes being unable to proceed because of the awkward situation.

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