Meaning of “Up The Creek without a paddle” Origin of Phrase with examples.

Up The Creek without a paddle


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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