"Up a creek" nghĩa là gì?

Tiệc cưới ngoài trời.

'Up a creek' có nghĩa là bị kẹt trong một hoàn cảnh khó khăn (In a challenging or troublesome situation, especially one that cannot be easily resolved; In trouble, in a serious predicament). Thành ngữ này xuất xứ từ câu 'up a creek without a paddle' nghĩa là bị mắc kẹt trong một con lạch mà không có mái chèo để tiến tới.

Ví dụ
Liberals who would suggest staging a similar stunt (trò quảng cáo, cái làm để thu hút sự chú ý; cuộc biểu diễn nguy hiểm) to the one the GOP pulled in 2016 are unfortunately up a creek without a paddle.

“The only thing worse than being up a creek without a paddle is in the middle of the ocean  (đại dương) without an oar (mái chèo) -- or two oars,"

“My son got his final grades at the end of his freshman (sinh viên năm 1) year at college (trường cao đẳng). He did so well in most classes. But, despite making a good effort, he failed a required course in philosophy (triết học). Fortunately, he was able to take the class again during the summer. So he wasn’t up a creek for very long.”

“Outdoors weddings can be romantic and beautiful. Still, there are potential problems. What happens if it’s too windy, hot or it rains? To avoid being up a creek, consider investing in a tent or a nearby building that could be moved into if necessary. That way, you’re prepared for trouble.”

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