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between a rock and a hard place

Definition of between a rock and a hard place

informal

  1. :  in a very difficult or bad position or situation with no good way of getting out of it <He is caught/stuck between a rock and a hard place.>



Word by Word Definitions

rockplay
  1. :  to move back and forth in or as if in a cradle

    :  to cause to sway back and forth

    :  to cause to shake violently

  1. :  a rocking movement

    :  popular music usually played on electronically amplified instruments and characterized by a persistent heavily accented beat, repetition of simple phrases, and often country, folk, and blues elements

  1. :  distaff

    :  the wool or flax on a distaff

  1. :  a large mass of stone forming a cliff, promontory, or peak

    :  a concreted mass of stony material

    :  broken pieces of such masses

hardplay
  1. :  not easily penetrated :  not easily yielding to pressure

    :  not capable of being spread :  very firm

    :  having a harsh or acid taste

  1. :  with great or utmost effort or energy :  strenuously

    :  in a violent manner :  fiercely

    :  to an immoderate degree

placeplay
  1. :  physical environment :  space

    :  a way for admission or transit

    :  physical surroundings :  atmosphere

  1. :  to put in or as if in a particular place or position :  set

    :  to present for consideration

    :  to put in a particular state


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