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"double bind" in British English

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double bindnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us  
a ​difficultsituation in which, whatever ​action you ​decide to take, you cannot ​escapeunpleasantresults: The ​principal is ​caught in a ​doublebind because whether she ​expels the ​student or ​lets him off, she still gets ​blamed.
(Definition of double bind from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"double bind" in Business English

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double bindnoun [S]

uk   us  
a difficult ​situation in which, whatever ​action you take, you cannot ​escape unpleasant ​results: Life ​insurers are caught in a ​doublebind: ​assetvalues are ​falling, but ​firms are still ​offering high ​returns to policyholders in an ​effort to ​avoid a ​collapse in new ​policysubscriptions.
(Definition of double bind from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “double bind”
in Chinese (Simplified) 进退两难,左右为难…
in Chinese (Traditional) 進退兩難,左右爲難…
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