Definition of on the horns of a dilemma in English:

on the horns of a dilemma

phrase

  • Faced with a decision involving equally unfavourable alternatives.

    • ‘The judge admitted he was on the horns of a dilemma.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, at the Erinsborough Clinic, the young hairless harpy, found herself on the horns of a dilemma, so to speak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In other words, they're on the horns of a dilemma, given their positions taken earlier on the cost of drugs.’
    • ‘Once more I find myself squirming on the horns of a dilemma.’
    • ‘Families whose daughters entered convents often found themselves on the horns of a dilemma.’
    • ‘Republicans are stuck on the horns of a dilemma.’
    • ‘The Brooklyn Museum of Art, like many of its counterparts across the country, finds itself on the horns of a dilemma.’
    • ‘So the government is impaled on the horns of a dilemma.’
    between the devil and the deep blue sea, between scylla and charybdis
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