What does it Mean to ‘Be on the Horns of Dilemma’?
To be on the horns of a dilemma means to be stuck between two equally unpleasant options; to be undecided as to which unappealing option to choose out of the two.
The idea behind this expression is that if you escape one horn of a bull, you end up on the other. Both the horns are equally undesirable, but you are forced to choose between them.
Let’s see an example —
“This new job offer has put me on the horns of a dilemma — if I accept it, I will have to move to another city, if I don’t accept it, I am losing a great career opportunity.”
It means that I am confused because both the outcomes are undesirable to me. I don’t want to move to another city, nor do I want to lose such a great career opportunity.
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