One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Faced with a decision involving equally unfavourable alternatives.
between the devil and the deep blue sea, between scylla and charybdisView synonyms
- ‘Meanwhile, at the Erinsborough Clinic, the young hairless harpy, found herself on the horns of a dilemma, so to speak.’
- ‘In other words, they're on the horns of a dilemma, given their positions taken earlier on the cost of drugs.’
- ‘The Brooklyn Museum of Art, like many of its counterparts across the country, finds itself on the horns of a dilemma.’
- ‘Scottish solicitors find themselves on the horns of a dilemma in attempting to comply with recent money laundering legislation, according to Joe Platt, president of the Law Society of Scotland.’
- ‘Once more I find myself squirming on the horns of a dilemma.’
- ‘Republicans are stuck on the horns of a dilemma.’
- ‘The judge admitted he was on the horns of a dilemma.’
- ‘Families whose daughters entered convents often found themselves on the horns of a dilemma.’
- ‘So the government is impaled on the horns of a dilemma.’
- ‘Yorkshire are on the horns of a dilemma as they await medical opinion over how long their Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey could be sidelined with a hamstring injury.’
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