Definitions for: Pickle

[n] vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar
[n] informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"
[v] preserve in a pickling liquid; as of vegetables

Webster (1913) Definition: Pic"kle, n. [Obs.]
See Picle.

Pic"kle, n. [Cf. D. pekel. Probably a dim. fr. Pick,
v. t., alluding to the cleaning of the fish.]
(a) A solution of salt and water, in which fish, meat,
etc., may be preserved or corned; brine.
(b) Vinegar, plain or spiced, used for preserving
vegetables, fish, eggs, oysters, etc.

2. Any article of food which has been preserved in brine or
in vinegar.

3. (Founding) A bath of dilute sulphuric or nitric acid,
etc., to remove burnt sand, scale rust, etc., from the
surface of castings, or other articles of metal, or to
brighten them or improve their color.

4. A troublesome child; as, a little pickle. [Colloq.]

To be in a pickle, to be in disagreeable position; to be in
a condition of embarrassment, difficulty, or disorder.
``How cam'st thou in this pickle?'' --Shak.

To put a rod in pickle, to prepare a particular reproof,
punishment, or penalty for future application.

Pic"kle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pickled; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To preserve or season in pickle; to treat with some kind
of pickle; as, to pickle herrings or cucumbers.

2. To give an antique appearance to; -- said of copies or
imitations of paintings by the old masters.

Synonyms: fix, hole, jam, kettle of fish, mess, muddle

See Also: caper, difficulty, dill pickle, dog's breakfast, dog's dinner, gherkin, keep, preserve, relish, sweet pickle

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