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be (or be caught) in a cleft stick

Definition of be or be caught in a cleft stick in English:

Be in a situation in which any action one takes will have adverse consequences.
Example sentences
  • They're caught in a cleft stick situation where they either face being beaten up by dealers or arrested by the police for selling drugs.
  • But in fact the administration is in a cleft stick.
  • The general, adept in running with the hare and hunting with the hound, is now caught in a cleft stick.
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