in trouble

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

in trouble

  1. Suffering difficulties.
    He had a knack for getting in trouble.
  2. (chiefly of a child) Liable to be punished for misbehavior; in disgrace.
  3. (euphemistic) Pregnant, unmarried, and not likely to be married before giving birth.
    She didn't even know she was in trouble.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used most commonly as a predicate with forms of be or other copulas and with forms of get.