Australian Idiom of the Day – Up a Gum Tree
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 10:01 AM
In recognition of Australia Day, which is held on 26th January every year, today's English idiom of the day is an Australian expression.
Up a Gum tree
If you are 'up a gum tree' you are in trouble or in a very awkward position.
Example: Tony: "My wife caught me buying a drink for my attractive secretary." John: "Oh mate, you are up a gum tree!"
Did you know...? The original version of this idiom was "like a possum up a gum tree". It relates to possums getting into difficulty and being chased up gum trees by dogs.