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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old Norse
Origin: kriki 'bend'

creek

noun
     
Related topics: Geology, Geography
creek [countable]
1SG American English, Australian English a small narrow stream or river
2 British EnglishSG a long narrow area of water that flows from the sea into the land
3

be up the creek (without a paddle)

spoken also be up shit creek (without a paddle) not polite to be in a very difficult situation:
If I don't get my passport by Friday, I'll be up the creek.

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