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between Scylla and Charybdis

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbetween Scylla and Charybdisbetween Scylla and Charybdisin a situation where you have to choose between two possible actions, but both are dangerous or unpleasant. The phrase comes from the ancient Greek stories of Scylla, a monster, and Charybdis, a whirlpool (=water that spins around and pulls things down into it) that killed sailors in the sea between Italy and Sicily. People sometimes also use the phrase ‘between a rock and a hard place’ to mean the same thing. Scylla and Charybdis
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