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be on the horns of a dilemma

To struggle to choose between two problematic or unappealing options. I'm really on the horns of a dilemma here: do I say no to this great job opportunity, or do I accept it and move away from my family?
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on the horns of a dilemma

Struggling to choose between two problematic or unappealing options. I'm really on the horns of a dilemma here—do I say no to this great job opportunity, or do I accept it and move away from my family?
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the horns of a dilemma

Two problematic or unappealing options that one must choose between. I'm really on the horns of a dilemma here—do I say no to this great job opportunity, or do I accept it and move away from my family?
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on the horns of a dilemma

Fig. having to decide between two things, people, etc. Mary found herself on the horns of a dilemma. She didn't know which to choose. I make up my mind easily. I'm not on the horns of a dilemma very often.
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horns of a dilemma, on the

Faced with two equally undesirable alternatives. For example, I'm on the horns of a dilemma: if I sell the house now I have no place to live, but if I wait I may not get as good a price . This term was first recorded about 1600, but the idea of being caught on either one horn or the other (of an animal) was already expressed in Roman times.
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the horns of a dilemma

If you are on the horns of a dilemma, you have to make a difficult choice between two alternatives. I find myself on the horns of a dilemma — whichever option I take, I'm going to disappoint someone. The police were on the horns of a dilemma. The girl appeared to be telling the truth, but it was her word against that of three officials. Note: In logic, a dilemma is a situation where an argument leads to two choices which are both undesirable. In the Middle Ages, a dilemma was traditionally represented as an animal with two horns such as a bull.
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on the horns of a dilemma

faced with a decision involving equally unfavourable alternatives.
A mid 16th-century source described a dilemma as ‘a horned argument’ (after Latin argumentum cornutum ), the idea being that if you avoided one ‘horn’ of the argument you ended up impaled on the other.
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(on) the horns of a diˈlemma

(in) a situation in which you must make a choice between things which are equally unpleasant: I’m really on the horns of a dilemma. I need the car but I can’t afford it.
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on the horns of a dilemma

Faced with two equally undesirable alternatives.
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horns of a dilemma, on the

Faced with two equally undesirable alternatives. In Greek logic a lemma was a premise, a matter taken for granted in an argument, whereas a dilemma (a double lemma) was an either/or proposition. The Romans called this an argumentum cornutum, or “horned argument,” because one could be caught on either horn. In the sixteenth century Nicholas Udall, translator of Erasmus, turned it into a horned question: “Because that to whether of both partyes a bodye shall make a direct aunswere, he shall renne on the sharpe poyncte of a horne.” Soon thereafter it began to be called “the horns of a dilemma.”
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Finally, the supervisors used reframing to help each other engage in critical reflection and look at their dilemmas and frames of reference from alternative perspectives.
The most effective means of increasing moral reasoning skills has involved the use of socio-moral group dilemma discussions (Schlaefli et al., 1985).
The DIT assessed participants' level of moral reasoning on hypothetical dilemmas. This multiple-choice test consists of six short stories containing moral dilemmas.
The science of energy input and expending energy or calories in versus calories out will give way to who can society and government blame for our dilemma.
That is why the present version includes dilemmas from a broader number of different areas than the previous version, although they are mostly within economic decisions.
Let us define the six dilemmas and then explain them by using this example.
Yet even as we may with Railton deny the categorical force of the student's competing moral imperatives, we still believe him to be in a moral dilemma. But if dilemmas are not a function of a certain arrangement of oughts, then of what are they a function?
However, in light of Schneider's dilemmas, incorporating such practices into teacher preparation requires a choice: These practices cannot be in addition to other preparation program priorities, but must become the focus of teacher preparation.
Data Collection Student Information Form: The form included four questions on students' personal characteristics (class level, age, sex) and six questions about ethics and ethical dilemmas.
Critique: In "Biosecurity Dilemmas: Dreaded Diseases, Ethical Responses, and the Health of Nations", Professor Enemark provides a comprehensive analysis of the ethics of securitizing disease and explores ideas and policy recommendations about biological arms control, global health security, and public health ethics.
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Organized around the proposition that the world currently faces a global energy dilemma, the book identifies key Kaya drivers of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions and suggests policymakers address global governance and policy challenges through improved energy intensity and reduced carbon intensity of the energy supply.
Muscat: The Muscat Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is organising a thought provoking seminar on 'Ethical Dilemmas confronting the accountants', and 'Attitudinal Transformation for personal Effectiveness' today at the College of Banking and Financial Studies at Bausher.
Mattes, J., Innovation in Multinational Companies: Organisational, International, and Regional Dilemmas, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang 2010
Moral Dilemmas in Medieval Thought: From Gratian to Aquinas.