What Does "Up Shit Creek" Mean?

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"Up Shit Creek" means "In a Troublesome Situation or Predicament."

"Up shit creek" is a part of the phrase "up shit creek without a paddle." If someone is described as being "up shit creek," it means they're in a troublesome situation or predicament that is difficult to escape from. Adding "without a paddle" emphasizes the difficulty of the situation further, as it implies that the person has no means or resources to extricate themselves from the predicament, just as a person in a canoe without a paddle would have trouble navigating a creek. For example:
  • Jo: When they find out he did have classified documents that he shouldn't have had, he will be up shit creek.
  • Sam: I think you're forgetting he could swim in shit creek and come out smelling of roses.
"Shit creek" is an informal and crude phrase. It's important to consider the context and audience before using it. In order to avoid causing offence, "shit creek" is sometimes typed as "Schitt's creek."

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meaning of Up Shit Creek

"In a Troublesome Situation or Predicament"

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"In a Troublesome Situation or Predicament" is the most common definition for Up Shit Creek on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Up Shit Creek
Definition:In a Troublesome Situation or Predicament
Type:Word (Slang)
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

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