Up the Creek Without a Paddle

Welcome to English in a minute!Here is a common saying in American English:Up the creek without a paddle.Hmmm.I wonder if that means things are going well for someone? Let’s see:Jane was all ready to buy that new car.She had the money saved up for it.I heard that too,but then she needed the money to fix up her house instead.She’s up the creek without a paddle,when it comes to getting that new car.Being up the creek without a paddle,means you are in a bad situation.There is no easy way out.Because,if you are in a boat,on a creek,without a paddle to help move or turn,you can’t go forward.It describes a situation in which someone wants or needs to act,but cannot.And that’s English in a minute!

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