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up the creek

Definition of up the creek

informal

  1. :  in a very difficult situation that one cannot get out of <If you hadn't helped us, we would've been up the creek.>



Variants of up the creek

or up the creek without a paddle

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

creekplay
  1. :  a small inlet or bay narrower and extending farther inland than a cove

    :  a natural stream of water normally smaller than and often tributary to a river

    :  a narrow or winding passage


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