between the devil and the deep blue sea

phrasal

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between the devil and the deep blue sea
In a desperate dilemma, faced with two undesirable alternatives
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Main Entry:between

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between the devil and the deep blue sea phrase
in a difficult situation where you have to choose between two equally bad things
Thesaurus: in a difficult situationsynonym
Main entry: devil

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between the devil and the deep blue sea
old-fashioned : in a situation that is difficult because you must choose between two unpleasant things

She felt caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. [=in a very bad situation]

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Main Entry:devil
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between the devil and the deep blue sea — see devil
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Main Entry:sea

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between the ˌdevil and the ˌdeep blue ˈsea idiom
in a difficult situation where there are two equally unpleasant or unacceptable choices
Main entry:devilidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea — is an idiom meaning a dilemma i.e., to choose between two undesirable situations (equivalent to between a rock and a hard place ). Its original meaning may be that of a nautical reference citing the deep blue sea and a devil a seam (where two… …   Wikipedia

  • between the devil and the deep blue sea — or {literary}[between two fires] or[between a rock and a hard place] {adv. phr.} Between two dangers or difficulties, not knowing what to do. * /The pirates had to fight and be killed or give up and be hanged; they were between the devil and the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • between the devil and the deep blue sea — or {literary}[between two fires] or[between a rock and a hard place] {adv. phr.} Between two dangers or difficulties, not knowing what to do. * /The pirates had to fight and be killed or give up and be hanged; they were between the devil and the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • between the devil and the deep blue sea — If you are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, you are in a dilemma; a difficult choice …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • between the devil and the deep blue sea — ► between the devil and the deep blue sea caught in a dilemma. Main Entry: ↑devil …   English terms dictionary

  • between the devil and the deep blue sea —    If you are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, you are in a dilemma; a difficult choice.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you are between the devil and the deep blue sea, you are in a situation where there are two equally …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • between the devil and the deep blue sea — having only two very unpleasant choices. Our country is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea our leaders cause great suffering, but an invasion aimed at overthrowing them would bring many other problems. Etymology: based on the idea of… …   New idioms dictionary

  • between the devil and the deep blue sea — in a difficult position, no place to go, between a rock..., Sophie s choice    If he ran, they would shoot him; if he stayed in the shop, the gas would kill him. He was between the devil and the deep blue sea …   English idioms

  • Between the devil and the deep blue sea —   If you are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, you are in a dilemma; a difficult choice …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • between the devil and the deep blue sea — caught in a difficult position, between a rock and a hard place …   English contemporary dictionary


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