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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.
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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.
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The Anvil acquisition is expected to be cash flow and earnings per share accretive.
Sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Silver Anvil Award recognizes the best public relations practices of the past year with an award that signifies the profession's role in forging public opinion.
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Above all it made Anvil a better company, and every one of us better managers.
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We consider it both a challenge and an opportunity, and to a certain extent our mission, to teach everyone we can about the importance of sustainability and organic farming in the apparel industry," said Anthony Corsano, CEO of Anvil Knitwear, Inc.
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Anvil looks forward to working with BICEP to advance more responsible, low-carbon, energy efficient business practices and policies so that we can be here, and thriving, another century from now.
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As part of their summer tour, Anvil will perform their acclaimed production of Shakespeare''s romance, full of mystery, dancing and amusement.
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I HAD never heard of Anvil despite having worked at EMI Records in the mid 1990s but this documentary about the famed Canadian heavy metal band had me in stitches and nearly crying.