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in a bind

adjective phrase

In a very tight and awkward situation; stalled by a dilemma; in a box: I'm in a bind, damned if I do and damned if I don't

[1940s+ Loggers; fr the situation of a logger whose saw is caught and held tight by the weight of a tree or branch]

in a box

adverb phrase

In an awkward situation; in a bind: No, and don't put me in a box

Related Terms

go home feet first

[1913+; the related and perhaps original sense ''short of money'' is found by 1891]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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