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between the devil and the deep blue sea

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  • See "the devil to pay." Because there is only the thickness of the ship's hull planking between the devil (the seam formed at the juncture of the covering board that capped the ship's sides and the deck planking; also called the garboard seam) and the sea, the phrase has taken on a meaning similar to that of "between a rock and a hard place."

    All of that said, this may or may not be true. :-)

    November 30, 2007