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in a cleft stick

In a problematic or difficult situation; having only undesirable or unfavorable options from which to choose. (From the image of being wedged into a crack in a stick, unable to move.) Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Well, we're caught in a cleft stick now! Do we start pushing the car towards town, or hope that someone passes by with a can of petrol? With such unlikable candidates, the public has been left in a cleft stick.
See also: cleft, stick

be in a cleft stick

To be in a problematic or difficult situation; to have only undesirable or unfavorable options from which to choose. (From the image of being wedged into a crack in a stick, unable to move.) Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Well, we're in a cleft stick now! Do we start pushing the car towards town, or hope that someone passes by with a can of petrol? With such unlikable candidates, the public is really in a cleft stick.
See also: cleft, stick

in a cleft stick

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you are in a cleft stick, you are in a difficult situation which you cannot solve easily. I'm in something of a cleft stick — whatever I do, I'll upset someone. Note: This expression may refer to the practice of trapping snakes by holding them down behind the head with a cleft stick (= stick that is Y-shaped at the end).
See also: cleft, stick

be (or be caught) in a cleft stick

be in a difficult situation, when any action you take will have adverse consequences. chiefly British
Cleft is one of the forms of the past participle of cleave , in its basic meaning of ‘divide with a cutting blow’ or ‘split’. The other form still current in standard English is cloven , and the two words tend to be used in different contexts: we find a cleft stick and a cleft palate but a cloven hoof .
See also: cleft, stick

be (caught) in a cleft ˈstick

(informal) be in a difficult situation when any action you take will have bad results: I was in a cleft stick — my job was boring but I couldn’t move to another firm without losing my company pension.
See also: cleft, stick
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Mentioning that lives of 16 individuals have been turn around, the senior surgeon said cleft lips and palates are common birth defects in the country with an estimated incidence of one in every 523 birth.
To help reduce a woman's risk for having a baby with an orofacial cleft or other craniofacial condition, health care providers should encourage patients who are thinking about becoming pregnant to commit to a healthy lifestyle (e.
Associated anomalies among infants with oral clefts at birth and during a 1-year follow-up.
Cleft Uvulae: a microform of facial clefts and its genetic basis.
Roth, "Associated malformations in cases with oral clefts," Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, vol.
Keywords: Oral clefts, Cleft palate, Surgical repair.
Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on Tuesday said she is happy to be working with international cleft palate charity Smile Train, for which she is a global goodwill ambassador.
28 (ANI): Taking a high dose of the drug Topiramate during the first trimester of pregnancy may increase risk of cleft lip or cleft palate in newborns by three times, warns a study.
Cleft lip and Cleft palate is a congenital anomaly involving the orofacial region which may be associated with the malformation or agenesis of the teeth close to the cleft.
6 Another study conducted in Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, concluded that cleft lip and palate is more common in males than females and unilateral clefts are more common on the left side.
Under the partnership, RBSK officials in Madhya Pradesh will direct children born with cleft lips and palates to 10 Smile Train partner hospitals acrossMadhya Pradesh for free cleft lip and palate surgery.
This study was carried out among the 781 cases of facial clefts who attended the Smile Train Centre at Srishti Hospitals, Dibrugarh, Assam, India, from January 2008 to June 2014.
Fehmina Buriro, Plastic Surgeon, Patel Hospital, and Chief Organizer Smile Train Program, stated that treatment of clefts is highly individual, depending on the overall health of the child and the severity and location of the clefts.
Place and Duration of Study: It was conducted at Military hospital Rawalpindi and cleft hospital Gujrat from November 2010 to September 2014.
Clefts are the fourth most common birth defect in the U.