In the suds

Also found in: Idioms.
in turmoil or difficulty.
- Beau. & Fl.

See also: Suds

References in classic literature ?
The cradle-rockers had done hard duty for so many years, under the weight of so many children, on that flagstone floor, that they were worn nearly flat, in consequence of which a huge jerk accompanied each swing of the cot, flinging the baby from side to side like a weaver's shuttle, as Mrs Durbeyfield, excited by her song, trod the rocker with all the spring that was left in her after a long day's seething in the suds.
And as they had fun in the suds for the January Vogue - out tomorrow - they revealed themselves as rather down to earth.