damned if (one) does and damned if (one) doesn't

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damned if (one) does and damned if (one) doesn't

Said when one is faced with two undesirable options. I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't—if I confess that I broke the vase, then my parents will be mad, and if I don't, then I'll feel guilty about it. A: "Katie found out that I also asked Colleen to prom. Should I come clean with her?" B: "Man, you are damned if you do and damned if you don't!"
See also: and, damned, does, if

damned if you do and damned if you don't

Every action (or inaction) could potentially cause one trouble. So your boss will be mad if you miss the work event, and your husband will be disappointed if you skip your anniversary dinner. Yep, you're damned if do and damned if you don't!
See also: and, damned, if