In a Pickle

To the Brits, pickle is a relish sauce.  And that is closer to the original meaning of the word.  Pickle is a brine sauce that was once slathered over meats back in the old, old days of yore.

This can more easily explain the idiom ‘In a pickle’.  If you’ve ever been trapped between two bases in a baseball game you know how uncomfortable pickles are.  The metaphor is quite clear if you think about it in a relish sort of way.  You are in a quagmire of salty liquid about to be eaten.

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