être dans de beaux draps

The French expression “être dans de beaux draps” translates directly to “to be in beautiful sheets.

English meanings:

  • to be in a real mess
  • to be in a fix
  • to be up a creek without a paddle

French meanings:

  • être dans une mauvaise situationto be in a bad situation
  • être dans une position désagréableto be in an unpleasant position

Example sentence:

  • Pendant le voyage on a volé nos passports et tout l’argent. On était vraiment dans de beaux draps! During the trip our passports and money were stolen. We were in a real mess!

Synonymous expressions:

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  • être dans les sales draps – Lit: to be in dirty sheets
  • être dans le pétrin – Lit: to be in the dough kneading machine
  • être dans la mouise – Lit: to be in a mess/jam
  • être dans la merde – Lit: to be in the sh*t (vulgar, be careful!)

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