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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 '15 at 15:41
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    Gored by the horns of a dilemma. – Hot Licks Jul 7 '15 at 15:56
  • @HotLicks - Great suggestion! – Charon Jul 7 '15 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.

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•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.

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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 '15 at 10:12
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'Betwixt and between' could be useful

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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 '15 at 16:33

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