devil and deep blue sea

between the devil and the deep blue sea

Facing two equally unpleasant, dangerous, or risky alternatives, when the avoidance of one ensures encountering the harm of the other. I was between the devil and the deep blue sea, 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 devil and the deep blue sea: either lie to the police, or admit that the drugs belonged to him.
See also: and, blue, deep, devil, sea

devil and deep blue sea

See also: and, blue, deep, devil, sea
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Commuters who are caught between the devil and deep blue sea can not afford the rail fares and can't afford to use their cars.