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between the devil and the deep blue sea

Definition of between the devil and the deep blue sea

old-fashioned

  1. :  in a situation that is difficult because one must choose between two unpleasant things <She felt caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.>



Word by Word Definitions

devilplay
  1. :  an evil spirit :  demon

    :  an extremely wicked person :  fiend

    :  a great evil

  1. :  to season highly

    :  tease, annoy

deepplay
  1. : :  extending far from some surface or area: as

    :  extending far downward

    :  extending well inward from an outer surface

  1. :  to a great depth :  deeply

    :  far on :  late

    :  near the outer limits of the playing area

  1. :  a vast or immeasurable extent :  abyss

    :  the extent of surrounding space or time

    :  ocean

blueplay
  1. :  of the color blue

    :  bluish

    :  discolored by or as if by bruising

  1. :  a color whose hue is that of the clear sky or that of the portion of the color spectrum lying between green and violet

    :  a pigment or dye that colors blue

    :  bluing

  1. :  to make blue

    :  to turn blue

  1. :  a great body of salt water that covers much of the earth

    :  the waters of the earth as distinguished from the land and air

    :  a body of salt water of second rank more or less landlocked


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