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Difference between “Be in a fix” and “Fix is in, the”

be in a fix —(coll.) be in a predicament or difficult situation:

  • So I was in a fix. I didn’t want to return until I had contacted them and I couldn’t find them.

fix is in, the —(sl.) the case or other matter has already been dishonestly decided:

  • We failed to realize that we were playing by their rules—and the fix was in from the beginning!