1 often pl vegetables, such as cauliflowers, onions, etc., preserved in vinegar, brine, etc.
2 any food preserved in this way
3 a liquid or marinade, such as spiced vinegar, for preserving vegetables, meat, fish, etc.
4 (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian) a cucumber that has been preserved and flavoured in a pickling solution, such as brine or vinegar
5 Informal an awkward or difficult situation
to be in a pickle
informal a mischievous child
7 to preserve in a pickling liquid
8 to immerse (a metallic object) in a liquid, such as an acid, to remove surface scale (C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch pekel; related to German Pökel brine)
n a pickled cucumber flavoured with dill
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1 (informal) bind (informal) difficulty, dilemma, fix (informal) hot water (informal) jam (informal) predicament, quandary, scrape (informal) spot (informal) tight spot
2 (Brit. informal) little horror, mischief, mischief maker, monkey, naughty child, rascal
3 cure, keep, marinade, preserve, steep
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