put in an awkward position

put someone in an awkward position

to make a situation difficult for someone; to make it difficult for someone to evade or avoid acting. Your demands have put me in an awkward position. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid I've put myself in sort of an awkward position.
See also: awkward, position, put
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Faced with all this architecture that isn't quite architecture, 'real' architects are put in an awkward position.