être dans le pétrin

The French expression “être dans le pétrin” translates literally to “to be in the kneading trough”.

English meanings:

  • to be in a mess
  • to be in a fix
  • to be in a jam
  • to be in a tight spot

French meanings:

  • avoir un gros problème – Literally: to have a big problem
  • être dans une situation d’où il semble impossible de sortirto be in a situation that seems impossible to get out of

Example sentence:

  • Il a fini par se faire virer par son parton et maintenant il est dans le pétrin. He ended up getting fired by his boss and now he’s in a real mess.


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Related expressions:

  • se fourrer dans un sale pétrin – to get yourself into a real mess
  • se sortir du pétrin – to get yourself out of a mess

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