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In trouble; in peril; in deep doo-doo: He'd better clear this one fast or he's in the soup/ Maybe that's why I'm in this soup to begin with/ Jeeves cocks an eyebrow, and Bertie knows he's in the soup ( first form 1888+, second mid1800s+)
liquid food prepared by cooking meat, poultry, fish, legumes, or vegetables with seasonings in water, stock, milk, or some other liquid medium. The cooking of soup is as ancient as the devising of vessels to hold liquid; before the development of pots that could withstand the direct heat of a fire, soups were cooked by dropping hot stones into the liquid. The long cooking of soup enabled nourishment to be drawn from meagre quantities of fish and meat too bony or tough to be otherwise utilized.