Today’s idiom: in a pickle
Meaning: in trouble
Origin: It is said that this phrase comes from allusion, meaning being disoriented and mixed up, like pickles in a stew. In The Morte Arthure, written in about 1440, there’s a reference to the ingredients in King Arthur’s diet: He dines all season on seven rascal children, chopped, in a bowl of white silver, with pickle and precious spices. While this is not the exact phrase we use today, it is thought that this led to it. In 1610 Shakespeare used the phrase in his play The Tempest.