Between A Rock And A Hard Place




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Between A Rock And A Hard Place : Phrases



Meaning:

To have no good alternatives.


Example:

He is caught
between a rock and a hard place. He can stay in a bad marriage or pay alimony.


Origin:

A reference to Odysseus' dilemma of passing between Scylla and Charybdis (figuratively a rock and a hard place). Scylla was a monster on the cliffs and Charydbis was a dangerous whirlpool. Neither fate was more attractive as both were difficult to overcome.


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Between Scylla and Charybdis.

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