(to be) caught between a rock and a hard place



Idiom Definition

"(to be) caught between a rock and a hard place"

to find yourself in a position where any outcome of a difficult decision or situation results in some sort of difficulties

Idiom Definition - to be caught between a rock and a hard place

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to be caught between a rock and a hard place

I have just been offered the job of my dreams.  The pay is very good and it is a promotion.  The only problem is that the job is in a different country and I must leave my girlfriend of two years behind.

I guess I am caught between a rock and a hard place.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to be caught between a rock and a hard place

Ned's mother is coming to visit Ned and Grace.  Ned is happy to visit his Mom but he knows that his wife, Grace, and his mother always fight.  Poor Ned is always stuck in the middle of their fights.  He loves both women.  Unfortunately, both women ask Ned to choose between them when they fight.

Ned will be caught between a rock and a hard place when his mother comes to visit.





(to be) caught between a rock and a hard place - Usage:

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(to be) caught between a rock and a hard place - Gerund Form:

Being caught between a rock and a hard place is a difficult situation to be in.


(to be) caught between a rock and a hard place - Examples:

1)  I am caught between a rock and a hard place when I witness a coworker stealing company property.

2)  You are caught between a rock and a hard place when your two best friends are fighting.

3)  He is caught between a rock and a hard place when his wife and mother fight.

4)  She is caught between a rock and a hard place when she wants two pairs of shoes but only as enough money for one pair.

5)  The government is caught between a rock and a hard place because no matter the outcome, someone will be unhappy.

6)  We are caught between a rock and a hard place when any outcome has some kind of negative result.

7)  You (all) are caught between a rock and a hard place because you neglected to make hotel reservations.

8)  They are caught between a rock and a hard place when they must decide which of their children will go to college.

9)  As for going to the Police, our overstretched police force is often caught between a rock and a hard place when dealing with domestic violence.

10)   I felt like I was caught between a rock and a hard place.

11)  The BoE are caught between a rock and a hard place as they can not combat rising inflation.

12)  It exacerbates the dilemma of those of us who are caught between a rock and a hard place.

13)  I have some sympathy for the Police, who appear to have been caught between a rock and a hard place.

14)  Poor Britney is most definitely caught between a rock and a hard place.

15)  The Greek socialist government is caught between a rock and a hard place.

16)  We're caught between a rock and a hard place -- we can't do either realistically.

17)  The union leadership is caught between a rock and a hard place of its own making.

18) They're robbing the fed up Tamils who are caught between a rock and a hard place to voice their own concerns. 

19)  Foreigners may pare their investments in the US - Fed may be caught between a rock and a hard place - Start of a vicious cycle.

20)  So the GOP is really caught between a rock and a hard place for the foreseeable future.