Up The Creek without a paddle




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Up The Creek without a paddle : Phrases



Meaning:

You're in deep trouble and unable to do anything about it.


Example:

His first parachute wouldn't open, then the emergency one failed - you might say he was
up the creek without a paddle.


Origin:

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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