a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation
He was in a quandary about what to do.
Do you know the idiom ‘between a rock and a hard place’?
When we say we are caught ‘between a rock and a hard place’ we mean that we are faced with a difficult decision.
The rock and the hard place suggest that neither option being decided upon is a tempting choice!
Origin – the story:
This phrase originated in ancient Greek mythology.
In Homer’s Odyssey, the character Odysseus has to go between Charybdis (a dangerous whirlpool) and Scylla (a man-eating monster who lives in the cliffs).
Example: Although I don’t like my job, I am caught between a rock and a hard place because there aren’t any other jobs in my field at the moment.