Up The Creek without a paddle
Up The Creek without a paddle : Phrases
You're in deep trouble and unable to do anything about it.
His first parachute wouldn't open, then the emergency one failed - you might say he was up the creek without a paddle.
The phrase is a gentrified version of a WWII saying Up shit's creek without a paddle which summons up a mental picture more graphic than the current refined one... Imagine being in a rowboat at the top of Niagara Falls and you lose an oar!
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