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English definition of “be damned if you do and damned if you don't”

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be damned if you do and damned if you don't

used to say that you cannot escape being criticized, whatever you decide to do
Translations of “be damned if you do and damned if you don't”
in Chinese (Traditional) 左右都不是, 兩頭都不討好…
in Chinese (Simplified) 左右都不是, 两头都不讨好…
(Definition of be damned if you do and damned if you don't from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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