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English definition of “fall between two stools”

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fall between two stools

If something falls between two stools, it fails to achieve either of two aims: The grammar guide falls between two stools - it's too difficult for a beginner but not detailed enough for an advanced student.
Translations of “fall between two stools”
in Chinese (Traditional) 兩頭落空…
in Chinese (Simplified) 两头落空…
(Definition of fall between two stools from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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