In the suds

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

See also: Suds

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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.
Smother Frank Lampard's shot (instead of letting the ball slip through his legs like a jellied eel smeared in the suds of a Fairy Soap bar) and there IS no debate.