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What is the meaning of this sentence?I know every words in the sentence but can't figure out the meaning of it.

Homer, I'm in a rhubarb of a pickle of a jam here. I was all set to go off on vacation when I get called up for jury duty. Oh, it's a corker of a case.

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    Mar 26 '15 at 12:23
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    Mar 26 '15 at 14:10
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This phrase combines a variety of idiom and slang to make a very evocative phrase.

"In a jam" means "In a difficult situation."

"In a pickle" means "In a mess" or "In trouble."

"Rhubarb" means "Nonsense" (British) or "Quarrel" (American).

So put all together we have:

"I'm in a nonsensical, messy, difficult situation."

or

"I'm in a quarrelsome, messy, difficult situation."

Since the quote appears to be from The Simpsons, I would assume the second one.

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    Would you say it in your daily life or it was made up especially from words which are related to fruit in order to get it sound funny?
    – Dash
    Mar 26 '15 at 12:18
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    It is comically "over the top". Compare Woody Allen's It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham from the movie Bananas (1971). Mar 26 '15 at 12:28
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    @Dash It's a funny, creative phrase used in one episode of a television comedy. It exaggerates a folksy style of expression heard in the American Midwest. I have never heard it in daily life. It almost sounds like it belongs in a song.
    – Ben Kovitz
    Mar 26 '15 at 13:18
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    Americans will commonly say "I'm in jam" to mean "I'm in trouble". "I'm in a pickle" is, I think, mostly obsolete but a similar meaning. I've never heard "rhubarb" used in such a context, I see it in a dictionary, maybe it's mostly obsolete or maybe it's regional. Anyway, few would put all three together in one sentence. Any one would be a normal statement. Combining them is a humorous way of saying the problem is really serious.
    – Jay
    Mar 26 '15 at 13:25
  • "I'm in a pickle" is the British version of "I'm in a jam". It's common in certain parts of Britain, while "I'm in a jam" is uncommon all over Britain. Sep 27 '15 at 14:40

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