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be in a quandary

To be in a situation in which one is unsure what to do or confused or perplexed about the best course of action. I was in a quandary about whether I should stay at home with the kids or spend a lot of money to put them in daycare. It's a difficult situation, to be sure. We're just in a quandary as to what would make the most sense for the company.
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be thrown into a quandary

To be put into a state of uncertainty or confusion as to the best course of action. I was thrown into a quandary about whether I should stay at home with the kids or spend a lot of money to put them in daycare. It's a difficult situation, to be sure. We've just been thrown into a quandary as to what would make the most sense for the company.
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in a quandary

In a situation in which one is unsure what to do or confused or perplexed about the best course of action; in a predicament. I was in a quandary about whether I should stay at home with the kids or spend a lot of money to put them in daycare. It's a difficult situation, to be sure, and we've found ourselves in a quandary as to what would make the most sense for the company.
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put (one) in a quandary

To cause one to become unsure, confused, or perplexed about the best course of action. I was glad to be offered the job, but it put me in a quandary as to who would look after the children during the day. The situation puts the company into a quandary, to be sure. We've just got to try to adapt to the circumstances as best we can.
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throw (one) into a quandary

To cause one to become unsure, confused, or perplexed about the best course of action. I was glad to be offered the job, but it threw me into a quandary as to who would look after the children during the day. The situation throws the company into a quandary, to be sure. We've just got to try to adapt to the circumstances as best we can.
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*in a quandary

uncertain about what to do; perplexed. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) Mary was in a quandary about what college to go to. I couldn't decide what to do. I was in such a quandary.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in a ˈquandary

uncertain about what to do in a particular situation: She’s in a bit of a quandary about which of the jobs to accept.
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