Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Situation with two unacceptable alternatives.

Example sentences:

When the new product didn’t take off, the company was caught between the devil and the deep blue sea: abandon the product or start a new marketing campaign.

Jane is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea — if she supports her daughter, her son will be hurt.

The company managers found themselves between the devil and the deep blue sea: if they don’t increase workers’ wages, they will go on strike.

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