In the weeds

Posted by Masakim on October 03, 2001

In Reply to: In the weeds posted by Stephen Gregg on October 02, 2001

: Waiters at every restaurant I ever worked at said that they were "in the weeds" when they meant that they were swamped, or hopelessly behind.

: Anyone know where that phrase came from?

From The Waiter's Glossary Of Terms at

In-The-Weeds See Weeded.

Weeded 1} To have to much to do. 2} To not be able to keep up or accomplish all the tasks set before you. 3} A feeling or act of being behind in one's work. 4} A very bad place. i.e. "I have too many tables, I'm very weeded!"