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have the wolf by the ear

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  • v. To be in a sticky situation – a dangerous situation from which one cannot disengage, but in which one cannot safely remain.

Etymologies

US, 1820, by Thomas Jefferson, writing about the institution of slavery and the Missouri compromise: (Wiktionary)

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