In a box



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]

adverb phrase

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

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go home feet first

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

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  • Inaccessibility

    [in-uh k-ses-uh-buh l] /ˌɪn əkˈsɛs ə bəl/ adjective 1. not accessible; unapproachable. /ˌɪnækˈsɛsəbəl/ adjective 1. not accessible; unapproachable adj. early 15c., from Middle French inaccessible (14c.), from Late Latin inaccessibilis “unapproachable,” from in- “not” (see in- (1)) + accessibilis (see accessible). Related: Inaccessibly; inaccessibility. Earlier in same sense was unaccessible (c.1400).

  • Inaccessible

    [in-uh k-ses-uh-buh l] /ˌɪn əkˈsɛs ə bəl/ adjective 1. not accessible; unapproachable. /ˌɪnækˈsɛsəbəl/ adjective 1. not accessible; unapproachable adj. early 15c., from Middle French inaccessible (14c.), from Late Latin inaccessibilis “unapproachable,” from in- “not” (see in- (1)) + accessibilis (see accessible). Related: Inaccessibly; inaccessibility. Earlier in same sense was unaccessible (c.1400).



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