(to be) in a jam

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - in a jam

"(to be) in a jam"

to be in a difficult situation or position


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in a jam

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: We've had three people call in sick with the flu already today.

Colleague 2: That puts us in a bit of a jam, doesn't it?

Colleague 1: With more customers coming in for meetings than we have staff to cover them, yes we are in a difficult situation.

Colleague 2: I suppose we will have to call and cancel some of the appointments.

Colleague 1: I hate to do that to customers. It doesn't make us look very good. Let me see if I can come up with some way to fix this problem.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in a jam

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: I'm in a jam. Can you help me out, please?

Friend 2: Sure. What's up?

Friend 1: I've got to go out of town unexpectedly on business and I have no one to look after my dog.

Friend 2: No problem. I've still got a key to your place. I'll swing by after work and pick up your dog and take him to my place.

Friend 1: Thanks. I owe you one.

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(to be) in a jam - Usage:


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(to be) in a jam - Gerund Form:

Being in a jam, he had to ask friends for help.

(to be) in a jam - Examples:

1) If our data center were on the Jersey Shore, we might have been in a jam. CrashPlan is engineered for redundancy. 

2)  And I think that now they find themselves in a jam because there's been this mass of publicity campaigns to make unions seem evil.

3)  I'm really in a jam trying to figure out which one is best for me, so I was hoping ...

4)  ... who knows when that abandoned mine will become handy shelter in a jam.

5)  ... US real estate prices stopped rising. This left millions of households in a jam. They could no longer borrow against rising house prices because housing was going down.

6)  ... do you really want your uncle putting himself in a jam to fund your business? 

7)  I was in a jam and needed money. My family was expanding, we needed new furniture so ...

8)  So small employers will now be in a jam. They must either provide "affordable" coverage or risk losing talent

9)  We are still in a jam. That's because there is no magic-bullet energy source out there that will enable ...

10)  ... but I couldn't trust or rely on them when I was in a jam. On the flip side, I've had guy friends that are always helpful.

11)  Lent money to employees who found themselves in a jam. I've probably done this 200 times, and I almost always get paid.

12)  A few weeks later, Foster found himself in a jam when Andrea Bocelli was unable to attend rehearsals for the 1999 Grammy Awards.

13)  The solution: If your boss is in a jam and needs your help, stepping up is the right thing to do and can ...

14)  Offer to watch your child when you are in a jam, even if they have more than a handful of their own.

15)  This put us in a jam, particularly regarding finding a place to stay for the night.

16)  ... but doesn't normally act as the chef, unless they are in a jam and he's really needed.

17)  ... resorting to crime is the only recourse for any character who finds himself in a jam

18)  ... absolutely understand that the whole team leaving at once is leaving the company in a jam, but I also can't have Jack defaming me.

19)  This means middle-income mothers are caught in a jam -- on the one hand they face pressures to stay at home with their children ...

20)  You may also find yourself in a jam when you're billed for the operating costs of the building from three years ago