caught between the devil and the deep blue sea

caught between the devil and the deep blue sea

Faced with two undesirable choices or situations. I cheated on the test, and now, I'm caught between the devil and the deep blue sea—I either have to confess to my teacher or live with the guilt. Ugh! A: "I asked two girls to the dance, and they found out about it! Now, I've got two angry women to deal with." B: "Sounds like you're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, buddy."
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This country is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. I find it most horrifying to think that either Jeremy 'Scaramanga' Hunt or the clown Boris Johnson will be running this country.
Now I know I am engaging Giants fans here, I am led to believe Bradford are probably your biggest rivals, but as a Wakefield follower this final sees me caught between the devil and the deep blue sea - or to be more accurate the devil and the other devil.
All three are eminently likeable yet flawed in their own way, It's Hester's tragedy that she's caught between the devil and the Deep Blue Sea: on the one side, there's Freddie, for whom she has given up everything: husband, social position, security, reputation, yet who is not emotionally capable of returning her all-consuming passion.
"We are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. We want to play with width and two wingers but to do that you have got to be confident and solid at the back.
"He's caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, as one has to admit that he doesn't quite get three miles and they're always going too quick for him over two and a half."