(to be) caught between the devil and the deep blue sea




Idiom Definition

"(to be) caught between the devil and the deep blue sea"

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 the devil and the deep blue sea

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to be caught between the devil and the deep blue sea

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 the devil and the deep blue sea.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to be caught between the devil and the deep blue sea

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 the devil and the deep blue sea when his mother comes to visit.





(to be) caught between the devil and the deep blue sea - Usage:

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(to be) caught between the devil and the deep blue sea - Gerund Form:

Being caught between the devil and the deep blue sea is a difficult situation to be in.


(to be) caught between the devil and the deep blue sea - Examples:

1)  I am caught between the devil and the deep blue sea when I witness a coworker stealing company property.

2)  You are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea when your two best friends are fighting.

3)  He is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea when his wife and mother fight.

4)  She is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea when she wants two pairs of shoes but only as enough money for one pair.

5)  The government is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea because no matter the outcome, someone will be unhappy.

6)  We are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea when any outcome has some kind of negative result.

7)  You (all) are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea because you neglected to make hotel reservations.

8)  They are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea 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 the devil and the deep blue sea when dealing with domestic violence.

10)   I felt like I was caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.

11)  The BoE are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea as they can not combat rising inflation.

12)  It exacerbates the dilemma of those of us who are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.

13)  I have some sympathy for the Police, who appear to have been caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.

14)  Poor Britney is most definitely caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.

15)  The Greek socialist government is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.

16)  We're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea -- we can't do either realistically.

17)  The union leadership is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea of its own making.

18) They're robbing the fed up Tamils who are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea to voice their own concerns. 

19)  Foreigners may pare their investments in the US - Fed may be caught between the devil and the deep blue sea - Start of a vicious cycle.

20)  So the GOP is really caught between the devil and the deep blue sea for the foreseeable future.