in the soup

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

in the soup

  1. (idiomatic) In trouble.
    • 1915, John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps, ch. 2:
      [U]nless the murderer came back, I had till about six o'clock in the morning for my cogitations. I was in the soup — that was pretty clear.
    • 1919, P. G. Wodehouse, "Jeeves and the Hard Boiled Egg" in My Man Jeeves:
      [T]he poor old lad is absolutely dependent on that remittance of yours, and when you cut it off, don't you know, he was pretty solidly in the soup.
    • 1989 Feb. 13, John Greenwald, "Tiptoe Through the Tensions," Time:
      "If they don't hit it off, we're all in the soup," warned Yasuhiro Nakasone, Japan's former Prime Minister, as his successor prepared to meet President Bush last week.