Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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To face a difficult situation and remain in a tight spot one after another, Or face some difficulty in making the right decision that would deliver no harm

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  • The earliest expression for such type of situation was ‘between the devil and the deep blue sea’. It is a very famous American saying that tells us that one is in a tight spot and has difficulty in making the right decision. Even after making his right decision one would be in any sort of uncomfortable situation. It means that both sides of a same story are not pleasant enough.
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It was like being between a rock and a hard place while deciding for my future academic career and my dad’s insistence to control business.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place':

between a rock and a hard placeHaving the choice between two unpleasant or distasteful options; in a predicament or quandary.
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    Alex
    US English
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    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
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    Veena
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