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cleft sticknoun

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be in a cleft stick to be in a ​situation where it is very ​difficult to ​decide what to do, usually because both of ​your two ​choices of ​action would ​causeproblems: UN ​troops are in a ​cleftstick: something has to be done for the ​civilianpopulation, ​yet to ​retaliate would ​surely be the ​spark to ​igniteall-outwar.
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