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.
The Company believes interest in the SUDS HIV test has dramatically increased due to new guidelines recently published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding occupational exposure to HIV by healthcare professionals.