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in a cleft stick

Definitions

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  • adjective Used other than as an idiom: see in,‎ cleft,‎ stick.
  • adjective UK, dated In a difficult situation, unable to choose between unfavourable options; in a dilemma.

Etymologies

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From the metaphor of being caught in a tight position, unable to move.

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