on the horns of a dilemma

Definition of on the horns of a dilemma

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

Word by Word Definitions

hornplay 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

    :  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

    :  antler

dilemmaplay
  1. :  an argument presenting two or more equally conclusive alternatives against an opponent

    :  a usually undesirable or unpleasant choice

    :  a situation involving such a choice


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