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.
- 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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