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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.
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in a cleft stick

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).
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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.
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Because of the cleft palate these groups of muscles fail to function appropriately thereby, affecting the ventilation and drainage through the Eustachian tube, which in turn results in middle ear effusion.
Women who supplemented with at least 400 mcg of folic acid daily reduced the risk of cleft lip in their infants by 40%.
The study found that taking folic acid supplements of 400 micrograms or more a day reduced the risk of a cleft lip.
2 -- color) During a weeklong trip in May to Tena, Ecuador, a team of doctors and surgeons performed 67 cleft lip and palate deformity corrective surgeries on children in outlying villages.
Obese women, in the absence of overt diabetes, have been found to have an impaired glucose metabolism, which may be associated with an increased risk for orofacial clefts," wrote Marie Cedergren, M.
Cleft palate and the related condition, harelip, are fairly common in babies and can be corrected routinely by surgery.
About Smile Train Smile Train is an international children's charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate.
The statement said that the Patel Hospital believes every child suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate deserves quality life.
In 2010, Shaikha Alyazia Bint Saif Al Nahyan, wife of Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, wanted to set up a charity to help children born with cleft lips and palates after she read about it.
Jennifer said: "It is quite incredible what can be done for cleft lips today and the team at the RVI was absolutely fantastic.
Parents came along with their kids from far flung areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Punjab including Rawat, Sargodha, Peshawar, Chakwal and Sargodha at the medical camp held by the Islamabad Cleft Lip and Palate Association (ICLAPA), said M Aftab, the chief coordinator of ICLAPA.
Children with cleft palate are unable to maintain negative pressure in their oral cavity and, therefore, face difficulty in sucking.
A Feel Good Day featuring meditation and gentle yoga, crystal healing and entertainment was held at Marsden Mechanics Hall to raise more than PS1,000 for the Northern Cleft Foundation.
Rogers, Hartnick, and Hamdan (pediatric otolaryngology, otology and laryngology, and otolaryngology/plastic surgery, Harvard Medical School), along with other otolaryngologists, surgeons, and other specialists from the US, offer a textbook and DVD (containing 30 videos) that demonstrate surgical techniques to medical professionals caring for patients with cleft lip, cleft palate, and related abnormalities.
It is CCTV's first non-profit documentary focusing on cleft palate patients.