in the soup


a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, or vegetables with various added ingredients.
Slang. a thick fog.
Slang. added power, especially horsepower.
Photography Slang. developing solution.
Verb phrases
soup up, Slang.
to improve the capacity for speed or increase the efficiency of (a motor or engine) by increasing the richness of the fuel mixture or the efficiency of the fuel, or by adjusting the engine.
to give spirit or vivacity to; enliven: a political rally souped up by the appearance of the candidates.
from soup to nuts,
from the first through the last course of a meal.
from beginning to end; to a complete, encompassing degree; leaving nothing out.
in the soup, Informal. in trouble: He'll be in the soup when the truth comes out.

1645–55; 1940–45 for def 6; < French soupe, Old French souppe, sope < Germanic; compare Dutch sopen to dunk. See sop

soupless, adjective
souplike, adjective

1. broth, stock, potage. Unabridged
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soup (suːp)
1.  a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, vegetables, etc, usually served hot at the beginning of a meal
2.  informal a photographic developer
3.  informal See also peasouper anything resembling soup in appearance or consistency, esp thick fog
4.  a slang name for nitroglycerine
5.  informal in the soup in trouble or difficulties
[C17: from Old French soupe, from Late Latin suppa, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German suppe, Old Norse soppa soup]

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Word Origin & History

"liquid food," 1653, from Fr. soupe "soup, broth," from L.L. suppa "bread soaked in broth," from a Gmc. source (cf. M.Du. sop "sop, broth"), from P.Gmc. base *supp-, from PIE *sub-, from base *seue- "to take liquid" (see sup (2)). Primordial soup is from a concept first expressed
1929 by J.B.S. Haldane. Soup kitchen is attested from 1839. In Ireland, souper meant "Protestant clergyman seeking to make proselytes by dispensing soup in charity" (1854).

"increase the horsepower of an engine," 1921, probably from soup (n.) in slang sense of "narcotic injected into horses to make them run faster" (1911), influenced by supercharge (v.).
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Idioms & Phrases

in the soup

In trouble, as in She mailed all the checks with the wrong postage, and now she's really in the soup. [Slang; late 1800s]

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