Monday, April 7, 2014

Idiom #2 : Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Well, to be honest I can't remember anybody using this idiomatic expression. It's just that it keeps on ringing to my ears because of that song. But then again, it helps to really understand the meaning of this one.

Idiom #2 : Between the devil and the deep blue sea
Equavalent expression - Between a rock and a hard place

Meaning - "Between the devil and the deep blue sea" is an idiom meaning a dilemma—i.e., to choose between two undesirable situations (equivalent to "between a rock and a hard place") (source: Wikipedia)

Sample - 

For most people a visit to the dentist is the result of a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea - if you go you suffer, and if you don't go you suffer.

And here's more, the expression between the devil and the deep blue sea was mentioned in the Carpenter's song 'I'm Caught Between Goodbye and I Love You'. See the video below at 01:39.




References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Between_the_devil_and_the_deep_blue_sea
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/between+the+devil+and+the+deep+blue+sea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE9eZDZY_ps





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