I've got "running backward on a cornfield" as an answer on Reddit... there aren't enough usages of it online so I'm not quite sure what it actually means...

are there any alternatives?

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    Need more context, what kind of feeling?
    – user98990
    Jul 7, 2015 at 15:41
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    Gored by the horns of a dilemma.
    – Hot Licks
    Jul 7, 2015 at 15:56
  • @HotLicks - Great suggestion!
    – Charon
    Jul 7, 2015 at 16:15

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"Between a rock and a hard place" can be used to describe a dilemma wherein you must choose between two negative options. It might work, depending on the type of dilemma you wish to describe.


•Between two fires/ •in a fix/ •in a quandary/ •between the devil and the deep sea/ •between Scylla and Charybdis

-- may be used to mean a state of indecision.


I initially thought of the "rock and a hard place" suggestion of Mar Zum as well, but one problem with that is that it relates to a dilemma in which there are only negative outcomes. It's equally possible to be caught in a dilemma which has potentially positive outcomes, such as a choice between two jobs, two lovers, two holiday destinations...

Consequently unless the dilemma is of the negative type, I'd take a look at conflicted, which seems to cover both.

(as adjective conflicted) Having or showing confused and mutually inconsistent feelings:

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    +1 for conflicted. I think it conveys well the feeling of facing a dilemma.
    – Charon
    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:12

'Betwixt and between' could be useful


in a quandary would be quite apt.

  • I agree, but remember that this site serves a global audience, and while native speakers would all recognize this term, people who have English as a second language might not, and without support, evidence, citations to authority (read: a quote from a dictionary), they have no way to know whether they can believe you, or use this suggestion.
    – Dan Bron
    Jul 8, 2015 at 16:33

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