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Between Scylla and Charybdis


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The meaning of the phrase 'Between Scylla and Charybdis' is between two dangers

In the Greek mythology Scylla and Charybdis were mentioned as two sea monsters who were said to be situated on opposite sides of the Strait of Messina between Sicily and Calabria, in Italy. Both of them ate the sailors passing that way. They were said to be located so close to each other that if the sailors tried to avoid Scylla, they had to pass too closely to Charybdis and were eaten up.


Sample Usage

1. These days, I am between Scylla and Charybdis; if I work extra-time, my colleagues would object, if I don't my boss would reprimand me.

2. Manish feels himeself between Scylla and Charybdis; if he tries to please his mother, his wife becomes angry and if he tires to please her, his mother becomes irritated.

3. I am between Scylla and Charybdis; if I don't proceed they will think me a coward, and if I do, my life will be in danger.


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