Idiom of the Week: “in a pickle”

by Laurie Laurendeau on January 11, 2012

Idioms are short phrases or expressions that we use in the English language to express a thought in a more interesting manner.  Examples of idioms might include “in a pickle”, or “it’s raining cats and dogs”.  Children who struggle with reading comprehension often read quite literally what is on the page, and then the true meaning of the sentence can be lost.  Teaching your child a new idiom each week will help improve his/her ability to “read between the lines” in both oral speech and in written texts.  Have fun trying to use the idiom each week in everyday life!

IDIOM:  “in a pickle”

DEFINITION:  in trouble, in a mess

EXAMPLES:   1. She was in a pickle when she realized she had forgotten her plane ticket at home.

2. The cat was in a pickle when he climbed the tree and couldn’t get back down.

ACTIVITY:  Draw a picture of the literal meaning of this idiom (a picture of someone inside a pickle), as well as an example of the figurative meaning of this idiom (the cat at the top of the tree).

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