being in a world of trouble

Meritzias

Senior Member
Turkish
Hello,

‘I think she’s in a world of trouble.' (Last to Die by Arlene Hunt)

Does it have exactly the same meaning with 'she's in a real/big trouble', 'she's in some real/serious shit' or maybe even 'she has her ass in a sling'? If so, is it a common phrase like these three?
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    It means: She's in a lot of trouble. I don't think it's as common as "She's in real/big trouble". The other two phrases which are more colloquial are also probably more common.
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    You
    (i) are making a few assumptions here. The other phrases are very colloquial; they may belong to a sociolect, and "I think she’s in a world of trouble." is generally more acceptable. It is in a in a different register.
    (ii) have forgotten that "trouble" is uncountable in the context.


    ‘I think she’s in a world of trouble.'
    = 'she's in a lot of trouble',
     
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