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1.
in a tight spot; having to make an impossible decision; a lose-lose situation
Shack wants to go to her best fish's birthday, but she already promised to go out of town with her friend. she is between a rock and a hard place.
by don't hate me February 04, 2005
 
2.
Having to choose between two undesirable situations
Some of David Letterman's female employees were caught between a rock and a hard place; They either had to sleep with a cranky and humorless old man or risk getting passed over for promotions by women that were.
by Mr Wilhelm October 08, 2009