in a quandary

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in a quandary

Unsure what to do; confused or perplexed about the best course of action. I was in a quandary about whether I should stay at home with the kids or spend a lot of money to put them in daycare.

*in a quandary

uncertain about what to do; perplexed. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) Mary was in a quandary about what college to go to. I couldn't decide what to do. I was in such a quandary.

in a ˈquandary

uncertain about what to do in a particular situation: She’s in a bit of a quandary about which of the jobs to accept.
References in classic literature ?
Had she refused, he would have been in a quandary, for his tambo would not have permitted him to lay hands on her.
Then he drew up an armchair, and beckoning Polly to take it, said in a sober, steady tone, that surprised her greatly, "Whenever I was in a quandary, I used to go and consult grandma, and she always had something sensible or comfortable to say to me.
Mednet patients who have Super Blue hospital coverage are in a quandary, according to the amendments: Their physician will not admit them to Meridia facilities, which are part of Super Blue, but will admit them to UH facilities, which are not.