up a gum tree
This page is about the idiom up a gum tree
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)
1. This idiom is similar in meaning to "up the creek without a paddle". 2. This can be translated as follows: "My friend Bruce is in trouble. He caused a woman to become pregnant and now she's pressuring him to marry her."
This idiom is typically used in Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
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Contributor: Matt Errey