Anyway, I looked it up for real just now, and apparently it means "frying pan", and, idiomatically, in chess, the situation when the king is the only piece left that can move, and yet can't make any move that doesn't put him in check. This is a sort of stalemate, no? I don't remember the rules of chess well enough.
Looks like a big rainstorm going on outside. Hope it stops before I have to go to class.