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between the hammer and the anvil

Facing two equally unpleasant, dangerous, or risky alternatives, where the avoidance of one ensures encountering the harm of the other. I was between the hammer and the anvil, for if I didn't take out another loan—and go deeper into debt—I could not pay off the debts I already owed. The police knew with certainty he had drugs in his car, so he became trapped between the hammer and the anvil: either lie to the police, or admit that the drugs belonged to him.
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be on the anvil

To be in a formative but immature or unready state; to be in the midst of being prepared, discussed, planned, etc., but not yet ready. The details of the proposed merger are still on the anvil, but we should see something ready before the end of the summer. There are a couple of projects that have been on the anvil since the new manager came on board, but nothing has taken any definite shape as yet.
See also: anvil, on

on the anvil

In a formative but immature or unready state; being prepared, discussed, planned, etc., but not yet ready. The details of the proposed merger are still on the anvil, but we should see something ready before the end of the summer. I've had a couple of projects on the anvil recently, but nothing has taken any definite shape yet.
See also: anvil, on
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Anvils are classified into three types: (1) occasional anvils--any hard surface (such as a rock or flat surface) where a food item is hammered, (2) proto-anvils--any natural crevice where a food item is wedged and held firm for hammering, and (3) true anvils--anvils created by the bird in vertical branches or trunks to hold food items for consumption (Cramp 1985).
The annual Silver Anvils recognize the industry's exceptional campaigns across a wide range of categories and sectors.
The anvils came in as a set to the shop, which was opposite the Hare and Hounds pub.
The anvil system appears to minimize oversized material better than the milling head, so a lower percentage of reject material may be created with the anvil system.
Because moissanite's spectrographic signature differs from that of diamond, the new anvils enable researchers to see, for the first time, clear signatures of certain materials at high pressure, such as diamonds, says Xu.
SAN DIEGO -- MJE Marketing Services received a Silver Anvil Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Racepoint Group, a global public relations agency with special expertise in digital media relations, is the recipient of this year's prestigious Silver Anvil Award, sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
SEATTLE -- Safeco (NYSE:SAF) is the recipient of this year's prestigious Silver Anvil Award, sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
The nation's highest honor for public relations, the Public Relations Society of America's Silver Anvil, was presented to Brown;Miller Communications, a cause-oriented communications firm based in Martinez, Calif.
As the latest addition to the popular SCI SPORTS franchise, FLYING ANVILS joins the ranks of one-of-a-kind, extreme engineering events including PUNKIN CHUNKIN, LARGE DANGEROUS ROCKET SHIPS (LDRS) and most recently, KILLER ROBOTS: ROBOGAMES 2011.
In the 60 years since the inception of the Silver Anvil Awards program, more than 1,000 organizations have received Silver Anvils for excellence in strategic public relations planning and implementation.
In the 56 years since the program began, more than 1,000 organizations have won Silver Anvils for excellence in public relations.
The win marked the agency's fourth Silver Anvil Award in three years and solidified DDB as the only Northwest agency to win Silver Anvils three years in a row.
The Silver Anvil was presented to Schwartz on Thursday, June 13 in New York City, and was one of only 42 total Anvils awarded, selected from more than 600 entries from across the United States.