In a pickle

A pickle of the kind you eat, not are in, pic: boulderjewishfestival.org

Today’s phrase is “being in a pickle.”  First let’s define pickle.  A pickle is generally a small cucumber that has been brined in a solution of vinegar and salt, often with other preservatives and flavors for some time.  It could be other veggies as well, like an onion or zucchini or carrots.

Pickles are spicy and sour due to the vinegar and in the US a pickled cucumber is an absolute must with a hamburger.

So now:  being in a pickle.  The expression means being in trouble but particularly serious trouble.  If you are in a pickle it might be uncomfortable or embarrassing but not life threatening.

Here is an example:  “I am in a pickle.  I am invited to this dinner party on Saturday and don’t have a date.  I really to find a date.”

Where the phrase comes from isn’t clear and as often in such situations the stories are manifold, convoluted, and date back to the 14th century.  That’s why we are skipping them.

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One Comment to “In a pickle”

  1. In baseball when a runner is caught between bases, the fielders chase him back and forth and finally tag him. It’s calleda rundown.

    My son called it “a pickle” at the ballgame the other day.

    He didn’t make that up, it’s fairly common in baseball lingo.

    When a manager argues “nose-to-nose” with an umpire – sometimes it’s called a “rhubarb”.

    Wonder if anyone has soaked rhubarb in vinegar?

    Pickled Rhubarb?

    A Rhubarb Pickle?

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