up a gum tree
Meaning: If you're up a gum tree, you're in trouble or have a serious problem.
- The company is up a gum tree because they broke some laws about polluting the environment, and they'll probably get closed down.
- My mate Bruce is up a gum tree. He got a sheila up the duff and now she's twisting his arm to get hitched. (see Note 2 below)
Variety: This idiom is typically used in Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
Bazza was driving through the desert from Perth to Sydney, but he's up a gum tree now because