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defuse (something)

To settle, calm, or make less dangerous an extremely tense, hostile, or volatile situation. Likened to removing the fuse from or otherwise disabling a bomb. The shouting match between the two employees was getting increasingly aggressive, so the boss was brought in to defuse the situation. A special United Nations envoy was sent to defuse the conflict between the warring sects.

be in a sticky situation

To be in the midst of or dealing with a particularly awkward, embarrassing, precarious, or difficult situation or circumstance. I knew I was in a sticky situation when the boss saw me kissing his daughter at the movies. I'll be in quite a sticky situation if I arrive at the train station and don't have enough money for the tickets!
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in a sticky situation

In the midst of a particularly awkward, embarrassing, precarious, or difficult situation or circumstance. I found myself in a bit of a sticky situation when the boss saw me kissing his daughter at the movies. I'll be in quite a sticky situation if I arrive at the train station and don't have enough money for the tickets!
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a sticky situation

A particularly awkward, embarrassing, precarious, or difficult situation or circumstance. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I found myself in a bit of a sticky situation when the boss saw me kissing his daughter at the movies. I'll be in quite a sticky situation if I arrive at the train station and don't have enough money for the tickets!
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wangle (one's) way into (someplace or some situation)

To succeed in entering some location or situation by tricky, clever, or persuasive means. I didn't think we'd be able to do it, but after Rajesh talked to the bouncer, we were able to wangle our way into the night club. I've been trying to wangle my way into the honors course at Harvard all year, but so far, nothing has helped.
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wangle someone into (someplace or some situation)

To succeed in getting someone into some location or situation by tricky, clever, or persuasive means. It turned out that Rajesh knew the bouncer at the club, so he was able to wangle us into the place even though we weren't on the guest list. I don't know how I let Jeff wangle me into looking after his dogs this weekend—I don't even like dogs!
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chicken and egg situation

A situation in which it is unknown what happened, or what needs to happen, first. You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. It's a chicken and egg situation.
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no-win situation

A problem that has no ideal solution. In this day and age, most political candidates find themselves in a no-win situation when it comes to pleasing all of their constituents. If I leave for work now, I'm going to be stuck sitting in traffic, and if I wait until the traffic clears, I'm going to be late. It's a no-win situation.
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no-win situation

a situation where there is no correct or satisfactory solution. The general was too weak to fight and too proud to surrender. It was a no-win situation. The huge dog my father gave us as a gift eats too much. If we get rid of the dog, my father will be insulted. If we keep it, we will go broke buying food for it. This is a classic no-win situation.
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reality of the situation

the truth or actuality of the situation; the way the situation really is. The reality of the situation is that we must act right now. Let's face the reality of the situation and go out and get jobs so we can pay our bills.
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make the best of a bad situation

to do as well as possible under conditions that are not satisfactory The only way to survive being jailed is to make the best of a bad situation.
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a no-win situation

a condition in which all possible results are bad for the people involved If she doesn't do anything, the North Side will be unhappy, and if she does do something, the South Side will be unhappy. Either way she's in a no-win situation.
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Catch 22

  also a Catch 22 situation
a situation where one thing must happen in order to cause another thing to happen, but because the first thing does not happen the second thing cannot happen
Usage notes: Catch 22 is the title of a book by Joseph Heller about the experiences of an American pilot.
If you don't have a place to stay, you can't get a job and with no job, you can't get an apartment. It's a Catch 22 situation.
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a chicken and egg situation

a situation in which it is impossible to say which of two things existed first and which caused the other It's a chicken and egg situation - I don't know whether I was bad at the sciences because I wasn't interested in them or not interested in them and therefore not good at them.
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a no-win situation

a difficult situation in which whatever happens the result will be bad for the people involved I'm in a no-win situation here. Whatever I do, I'm going to annoy someone. (American)
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no-win situation

A situation certain to end in failure or disappointment, as in If the in-laws visit them or they visit the in-laws, either way they see it as a no-win situation . [c. 1960]
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no-win situation

n. a situation in which there is no hope of success. I find myself in a no-win situation again.
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situation

n. an event, crime, or suspicious happening that warrants investigation or action by the police. (Law enforcement.) We have a situation out on 114 Maple Street. See the man.
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His speech was, however, at times still repetitive, echolalic and situationally inappropriate.
Self-documentation should require teacher candidates to focus on ways they are responding in situationally specific ways to students.
The message is situationally contextual, but is focused on affecting the overall legitimacy of the state in the eyes of the target audience.
The practice of identifying the type of person you are dealing with is discussed through the examination of three distinct groups of problem individuals: the situationally difficult, who are momentary problems; the strategically difficult, who insist that everyone play by their rules; and the simply difficult, who are continuous problems.
Both have also accepted such fairly new concepts such as homosexual, gay, and lesbian, and realized that people may have multiple identities that are situationally dependent.
The outcome of these competing, complementary, and overlapping discourses and practices of the autonomous, rights-endowed self and the connective, relationally-nested self offered families and their children with a range of choices which they applied situationally.
Couples relationship issues, career issues, parent/child/parenting issues, and other situationally precipitated problems were also reported for 14 percent or more of all clients.
Since the 1960s, historians have changed their perspectives from the assumption of an innate ethnicity to that of a situationally constructed one, with multiple layers and the scope for change.
However, the most prominent "it" in "Hills Like White Elephants," repeated twenty-four times (four times as often as any other), is situationally exophoric, referring to something neither immediately present nor explicitly named in the story.
And when circumstances conspire to make those perceptions situationally quite negative, the centre of any particular alleged scandal is not the only one negatively impacted.
Eligibility guidelines for EBD require evidence of situationally inappropriate behavior that differs significantly from the behavior of age-group peers in terms of frequency, duration, and intensity and that substantially interfere with educational performance.
In its technical sense, 'rhetoric' has an immediate fit with environmental responsiveness, for rhetoric entails attention to the emergence of the situationally reasonable from civic disputes.
Answers to these questions are legion, but they are always situationally specific.
Racial identity has both stable and situationally specific properties that dynamically account for both behavioral consistency and changeability.