(you're) damned if you do and damned if you don't

Definition of (you're) damned if you do and damned if you don't

informal

  1. —used to say that in a specific situation a person can be blamed or considered wrong no matter what he or she does

Word by Word Definitions

you'replay
  1. :  you are

damnedplay
  1. :  damnable

    :  complete, utter

    :  extraordinary

  1. :  extremely, very

  1. :  the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

    :  one

  1. :  to bring to pass :  carry out

    :  put

    :  perform, execute

  1. :  fuss, ado

    :  deed, duty

    :  a festive get-together :  affair, party

  1. :  the first tone of the diatonic scale in solmization

  1. : ditto

    : double occupancy

don'tplay
  1. :  do not

    :  does not

  1. :  a command or entreaty not to do something


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