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A troublesomely awkward or embarrassing situation: “Gurnley usually managed to worm his way out of trouble, but this time he found himself in a fine kettle of fish.”

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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