between Scylla and Charybdis
phrasal between two equally hazardous alternatives

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • between Scylla and Charybdis — (usu figurative) Forced to steer a perilous or hopeless course between two deadly dangers, avoidance of one meaning almost certain destruction by the other • • • Main Entry: ↑Scylla * * * [kə ribdis] used to refer to a situation involving two… …   Useful english dictionary

  • between Scylla and Charybdis — adverb Similar in meaning to between a rock and a hard place Syn: between a rock and a hard place, between the devil and the deep blue sea, on the horns of a dilemma …   Wiktionary

  • between Scylla and Charybdis — idi between two equally perilous alternatives …   From formal English to slang

  • between Scylla and Charybdis — In a grave dilemma; facing danger on either side …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Scylla and Charybdis — are two sea monsters of Greek mythology who were situated on opposite sides of the Strait of Messina between Sicily and Italy. They were located in close enough proximity to each other that they posed an inescapable threat to passing sailors;… …   Wikipedia

  • Scylla and Charybdis — In Greek mythology, two monsters that guarded the narrow passage through which Odysseus had to sail in his wanderings. These waters are now identified with the Strait of Messina. On one shore was Scylla, a monster with six snaky heads, who… …   Universalium

  • Scylla and Charybdis — Scyl|la and Cha|ryb|dis between Scylla and Charybdis in 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 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Scylla and Charybdis — I See between Scylla and Charybdis. II See between Scylla and Charybdis …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • SCYLLA AND CHARYBDIS —    two rocks opposite each other at a narrow pass of the strait between Italy and Sicily, in the cave of one of which dwelt the former, a fierce monster that barked like a dog, and under the cliff of the other of which dwelt the latter, a monster …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Scylla — (pronEng|ˈsɪlə; gr. Σκύλλα, Skulla ), also known as Scylle (pronEng|ˈsɪli; gr. Σκύλλη, Skullē ), was one of the two monsters in Greek mythology (the other being Charybdis) that lived on either side of a narrow channel of water. The two sides of… …   Wikipedia

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