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 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