on the horns of a dilemma

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of on the horns of a dilemma

: in a situation in which one has to choose between things that are unpleasant or undesirable

Word by Word Definitions

horn play horns
  1. : one of the usually paired bony processes that arise from the head of many ungulates and that are found in some extinct mammals and reptiles: such as

  2. : one of the permanent paired hollow sheaths of keratin usually present in both sexes of cattle and their relatives that function chiefly for defense and arise from a bony core anchored to the skull — see cow illustration

  3. : antler

dilemma play
  1. : a usually undesirable or unpleasant choice

  2. : a situation involving such a choice

  3. : a problem involving a difficult choice


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