Scylla and Charybdis

Scylla and Charybdis
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Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • Scylla and Charybdis — are two sea monsters of Greek mythology who were situated on opposite sides of the Strait of Messina between Sicily and Italy. They were located in close enough proximity to each other that they posed an inescapable threat to passing sailors;… …   Wikipedia

  • Scylla and Charybdis — In Greek mythology, two monsters that guarded the narrow passage through which Odysseus had to sail in his wanderings. These waters are now identified with the Strait of Messina. On one shore was Scylla, a monster with six snaky heads, who… …   Universalium

  • Scylla and Charybdis — Scyl|la and Cha|ryb|dis between Scylla and Charybdis in a situation where you have to choose between two possible actions, but both are dangerous or unpleasant. The phrase comes from the ancient Greek stories of Scylla, a ↑monster, and Charybdis …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Scylla and Charybdis —  In Greek mythology, Scylla (pronounced silla) was a six headed monster who lived beside a treacherous whirlpool called Charybdis (pronounced kuh rib dis) off the coast of Sicily, so Scylla and Charybdis signify a highly unattractive dilemma …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • SCYLLA AND CHARYBDIS —    two rocks opposite each other at a narrow pass of the strait between Italy and Sicily, in the cave of one of which dwelt the former, a fierce monster that barked like a dog, and under the cliff of the other of which dwelt the latter, a monster …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Scylla and Charybdis — two dangers such that avoidance of one increases the risk from the other. Etymology: the names of a sea monster and whirlpool in Gk mythology …   Useful english dictionary

  • between Scylla and Charybdis — (usu figurative) Forced to steer a perilous or hopeless course between two deadly dangers, avoidance of one meaning almost certain destruction by the other • • • Main Entry: ↑Scylla * * * [kə ribdis] used to refer to a situation involving two… …   Useful english dictionary

  • between Scylla and Charybdis — adverb Similar in meaning to between a rock and a hard place Syn: between a rock and a hard place, between the devil and the deep blue sea, on the horns of a dilemma …   Wiktionary

  • between Scylla and Charybdis — phrasal between two equally hazardous alternatives …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • between Scylla and Charybdis — idi between two equally perilous alternatives …   From formal English to slang

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