Definition of between the devil and the deep blue sea in English:

between the devil and the deep blue sea

phrase

  • In a difficult situation where there are two equally unpleasant choices.

    • ‘A classic case of finding oneself trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea, you will agree.’
    • ‘When black people need police protection we are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.’
    • ‘If the law also states that people can come onto the premises and create a situation where it's not an orderly house then we're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.’
    • ‘In our modern day, this conflict has come to be known as ‘being between the devil and the deep blue sea,’ or ‘being between a rock and a hard spot.’’
    • ‘An eco-minded fish lover who commits this little cheat sheet to memory won't be left stranded between the devil and the deep blue sea.’
    • ‘Seeking professional advice on your portfolio never goes amiss but, when investors feel trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea, guidance on how to best insulate your investments from market volatility can prove invaluable.’
    • ‘Lyn Sharpe, acting headteacher at John of Gaunt, admitted she is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea after closing the gate last year for health and safety reasons.’
    • ‘Once again the affable Scot, who had already suspended the institutions twice in four months, was on the cusp of another deadline and between the devil and the deep blue sea.’
    • ‘We were stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea.’
    • ‘‘I'm stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea,’ she says.’