English version

be (caught) in a cleft stick

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe (caught) in a cleft stickbe (caught) in a cleft stickBritish EnglishMI to be in a very difficult situation in which any action or decision you make will cause problems cleft
Examples from the Corpus
be (caught) in a cleft stickSo the developing countries are caught in a cleft stick.Now the local authorities are caught in a cleft stick, hostages to their own political process.
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