Up a Creek without a Paddle

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In severe trouble, in awkward position with no easy way out, in serious difficulty


  • This idiom originated in the early 20th century. The expression can be better understood by imagining being a creek far from home or in a rowboat on a river without oar. This situation perfectly explains this idiom.

I have only a small amount of money for buying a new car, I am up a creek without a paddle.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Up a Creek without a Paddle':

up a creek without a paddleIn a difficult situation, without any help. Superlative form of up a creek: most up a creek.
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Find a translation for the Up a Creek without a Paddle phrase in other languages:

hasta un arroyo sin paleta

un ruisseau sans pagaie

पैडल के बिना एक नाला

su un torrente senza pagaia

non a statione usque ad requisita naturae

een kreek op zonder peddel

до ручья без весла

lên một con lạch không có mái chèo


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