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The meaning of "up shit creek without a paddle"

" Up shit creek without a paddle "
In serious difficulty, with no hope of respite.
We were halfway across the Australian outback when we realised our water bottle had leaked. We really were up shit creek.
Where did it originate?:
USA, 1890s. Note: Shit creek isn't a real place.
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