in a bad way

[in a bad way] {adv. phr.}, {informal} In trouble or likely to havetrouble.

If you have only those two girls to help you, you are in abad way.

Jerry has written only one sentence of his term paperthat is due tomorrow, and he knows he is in a bad way.

Mrs. Joneshas cancer and is in a bad way.

A new supermarket opened acrossthe street, and the Peters' grocery business was soon in a bad way.