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Scylla and Charybdis
Pronunciation: /ˌsɪlə ənd kəˈrɪbdɪs/

Definition of Scylla and Charybdis in English:

Used to refer to a situation involving two dangers in which an attempt to avoid one increases the risk from the other: the difficulty is to navigate between the Scylla of authoritarian taste and the Charybdis of slop
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  • Sceptics about musical meaning tend to regard these alternatives under the sign of Scylla and Charybdis, as formidable dangers nearly impossible to avoid.
  • With software that asked voters to confirm their choices, the new machinery, it was thought, would avoid the Scylla and Charybdis of over-votes and under-votes.
  • So most US voters think things are going really well, when in fact the CPA is piloting between Scylla and Charybdis.
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