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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.
See also: anvil, on

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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On the other hand, winning silver Anvils were brand love campaigns by Jollibee Foods Corp.
The Anvil Award is given to outstanding Public Relations programs, tools and practitioners with the Gold Anvil as one of its highest accolades.
The early smiths used stone hammers to beat the copper and lead, and stones served as their anvils. Pieces of meteorites that appear to have been used as anvils also have been unearthed.
The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and its corporate social responsibility arm, One Meralco Foundation (OMF), bagged four Gold and nine Silver Awards at the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP)'s 53rd Anvil Awards recently held at the Shangri-La Hotel at The Fort, Taguig City.
SM won three Gold Anvils for SM Foundation's Technical Vocational Scholarship Grants for Gainful Employment, SM Supermalls' SM Moments' digital campaign, and online video, Daddy's Girl with Tribal Worldwide Philippines.
Meanwhile, PLDT Public Affairs brought home two Silver Anvils for the "PLDT 2016 Annual Report - Digital Like Never Before" and the 88th anniversary event "#PLDT88 Hackathon: Creating Digital Tools for the Better Customer Experience."
"In a way, Winning the Anvils is a book about socially responsible companies and what they have been doing to give back to the community.
For the past two years, Canon PhotoMarathon has been recognized with two Anvils of Merit.
8 ANVILS - Unilever has bagged eight Anvil trophies in the 49th Anvil Awards.
Ketchum also received four other Silver Anvils, and continues to hold the record for winning the most Silver Anvils, with 184 since the programme's inception.
For PR Tools, 17 Gold and 43 Silver Anvils were awarded.
SM bagged two Gold Anvils for SM Cinema's "Where Movies Come Alive and Move You--The SM Cinema, Reel to Real Campaign" and SM Supermalls' Summer "Mess Fest 2018"an inclusive and fun playground catering to all ages.
Meralco and OMF also won Silver Anvils for the following PR tools: Laging Handa: The One Meralco Back-to-School Program; the MVP Academic Achievement Awards; and the 2017 Meralco and One Meralco Foundation unified annual reports; and Lives Changed: The Meralco and One Meralco Foundation 2016 Unified Annual Reports.
Punching out the little two- or three-petal sheet metal anvils is not so bad, but precisely assembling them into similarly small, explosive-charged primer cups without mishap was probably a tough manufacturing hurdle in the beginning.
Looking around the world, most regions have developed unique anvils, forges and hammers, but they all use the same techniques.