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  • be on the horns of a dilemma — to be unable to decide which of two things to do because either could have bad results. How can we decide which hospital to close? We are on the horns of a dilemma …   New idioms dictionary

  • be on the horns of a dilemma — verb To face a choice between two equally undesirable alternatives. Syn: between Scylla and Charybdis, between a rock and a hard place, have the wolf by the ear, have a tiger by the tail …   Wiktionary

  • on the horns of a dilemma — BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, between Scylla and Charybdis; informal between a rock and a hard place. → dilemma * * * on the horns of a dilemma In a dilemma (see comments above) • • • Main Entry: ↑dilemma * * * on the horns of a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the horns of a dilemma — unable to decide between two things because either could bring bad results. Nonprofit groups are often caught on the horns of a dilemma – they have to satisfy their donors, but at the same time, they need to attract new donors …   New idioms dictionary

  • on the horns of a dilemma — ► on the horns of a dilemma faced with a decision involving equally unfavourable alternatives. Main Entry: ↑horn …   English terms dictionary

  • on the horns of a dilemma — battling with a problem, between a rock and a hard place …   English contemporary dictionary

  • on the horns of a dilemma — faced with a decision involving equally unfavourable alternatives. → horn …   English new terms dictionary

  • on the horns of a dilemma — in a situation in which you have to decide between two equally unpleasant choices …   English dictionary

  • on the horns of a dilemma — idi confronted with two equally disagreeable choices …   From formal English to slang

  • horns of a dilemma — If you are on the horns of a dilemma, you are faced with two equally unpleasant options and have to choose one …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • horns of a dilemma — {n. phr.} Two choices possible in a situation in which neither is wanted. Usually used after on . * /Joe found himself on the horns of a dilemma; if he went to work, he d miss seeing Mary; if he stayed out, he d he too broke to take her… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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