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catch-22

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1 a danger or difficulty that is hidden or not easily recognized

  • the drug lowers cholesterol, but the catch-22 is that it mainly lowers good cholesterol
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2 a difficult, puzzling, or embarrassing situation from which there is no easy escape

  • the catch-22 faced by every first-time loan applicant: how to get a loan without a credit history
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kettle of fish

3 a situation in which one has to choose between two or more equally unsatisfactory choices

  • an environmental catch-22: building wind farms results in scenic eyesores; not building wind farms results in greater pollution from fossil fuels
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