“Up a creek without a paddle” is a tame one, editing to shit’s creek as needed. “Shit on a shingle” was one my dad would say, tho I don’t like to visualize my roof in such a situation (and honestly I’m not sure exactly what he meant - perhaps something akin to a slippery slope - ick. Of course there’s FUBAR” the colloquial military term we’ve all come to know and love seems to qualify... as in that hospital ER was all kinds of FUBAR.

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