In an emergency, when hard-pressed, as in This music isn’t what I would have chosen, but it will do in a pinch. This term dates from the late 1400s, when it was put as at a pinch (a usage still current in Britain); pinch alludes to straitened circumstances.
- In a pickle
adjective phrase In a disagreeable situation; in a sad predicament: Today I find myself in a pickle, bind, and jam (1585+)
- In a poke
Related Terms buy a pig in a poke
[in-uh-par-uh nt, -pair-] /ˌɪn əˈpær ənt, -ˈpɛər-/ adjective 1. not .
[in-uh-pee-zuh-buh l] /ˌɪn əˈpi zə bəl/ adjective 1. not appeasable; that cannot be appeased: inappeasable anger.