|1.||choose between the devil and the deep blue sea|
(verb): to choose between two alternative options, but none of which suit your immediate purposes in life or none of whose consequences are very pleasant for you, at least atm
mother: Daniel I found out yesterday you are doing pot. I won't stand for it to have a marijuana smoker and high school drop out in my house. Now choose between the devil and the deep blue sea. Either you go to night class to make something out of yourself or you can move the hell out of my house onto welfare. Your choice; now the ball is in your half court
Daniel: whenever I have chosen my path, I'll come and talk to you.