up a gum tree

up a gum tree

in or into a predicament – informal

This phrase is now found mainly in British English, but the phrase is recorded in the early 19th century in the USA where
possum up a gum tree was the title of a song or dance.

1992 - Economist - If they should end up seeking a deal with the Unionists, offers of devolution will lead ministers straight up a gum tree.

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