be in a pickle

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Here are the lines from the book 'Idioms For Everyday Use' by Milada Broukal:
'Starting the engine of the car was a piece of cake. I just turned the key - no problem. However, soon I was in a pickle: the brakes did not work.'

Is the expression 'to be in a pickle' widely used in English-speaking countries? gives a similar expression 'to be in a spot'. I have come across the latter one many times, but the former one makes me a bit unsure.

Thank you for the time and help.
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