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In the lyrics of the Coasters' 1959 song "Poison Ivy" there are the lines

She comes on like a rose but everybody knows
She'll get you in Dutch
Now you can look but you better not touch

The song is apparently about a woman who transmits a venereal disease and my question is:

What does "she'll get you in Dutch" mean?

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closed as general reference by mplungjan, JeffSahol, Kristina Lopez, Hellion, tchrist May 2 '13 at 22:42

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
Strongly related: A question about Dutch words –  Andrew Leach May 2 '13 at 14:17
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In trouble - general reference idioms.thefreedictionary.com/in+Dutch –  mplungjan May 2 '13 at 14:32
    
Ah, thanks mplungjan. Is that idiom still in use in the USA? –  Georges Elencwajg May 2 '13 at 14:43
    
I see that jwpat7 has answered the question in my comment: the idiom is dated. –  Georges Elencwajg May 2 '13 at 14:47
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A glance at wiktionary's entry for in Dutch shows:

(idiomatic, dated) In trouble or in disfavor [eg] He got in dutch with City Manager George Schrader when he made some ill-chosen remarks.

Also see the previously-mentioned questions, Is “Dutch wife” one of those “Dutch words”?.

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