Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
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Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea : Phrases
A situation where a person is caught between two difficult or dangerous obstacles.
He is now caught between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. He has either to accept his dismissal order or to pay a huge fine.
Sailors who had the devil to pay often worked close to the side of the ship. A sudden swell or gust of wind could easily knock them overboard. They would then find themselves literally between the devil seam and the deep blue sea.