between two stools, one falls to the ground

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between two stools, one falls to the ground

If one is caught between two things, they are thus unable to adequately do or accommodate both. Primarily heard in UK. A: "I was excited to start taking night classes after work, but now, I don't feel like I have enough time to devote either to school or to my job." B: "Well, between two stools, one falls to the ground."
See also: between, fall, ground, one, two
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