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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.
See also: dilemma, horn, of, on
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Moral Dilemmas in Medieval Thought: From Gratian to Aquinas.
While it is true that Shaw wanted to shift the focus of drama away from "situation" and toward discussion of the action, the epilogue of The Doctor's Dilemma serves at one and the same time as the culmination of the action proper and a discussion of the ancillary action from act 4.
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The collaborative inquiry process followed a cycle of recognizing a dilemma, exploring a dilemma, and addressing a dilemma.
They also received participant materials appropriate to their group, which included dilemma discussion and analysis directions.
the Choice Dilemma Questionnaire, CDQ, from Kogan & Wallach, 1964; or the Domain-Specific Risk-Attitude scale, DOSPERT, from Weber, Blais & Betz, 2002).
Bryant (2003, 2007) claimed that in negotiation, if faced with a dilemma, a negotiator may respond in four ways to it, whatever the dilemma is: (1) by changing position; (2) by amending preferences for the possible outcomes; (3) by denying that the dilemmas exist or (4) by taking irreversible unilateral action.
WE stand on the very kerbside of a glittering new year facing something of a dilemma.
I shall argue that there is a normative component to one's being in a dilemma.
It would seem from the focus of the literature that the primary ethical dilemma for school counselors is student confidentiality.
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Social dilemma or collective action problems are ubiquitous across human affairs from the management of natural resources to the prevention of suicide bombing.
Johnson argues that rather than trying to find a solution to an unsolvable problem, we must develop a strategy to manage the dilemma we are faced with of increasing revenue and maintaining quality.