Meaning of in a cleft stick by Wiktionary Dictionary
in a cleft stick
- Used other than as an idiom: see in, cleft, stick.
- 1922, James George Frazer, The Golden Bough, Forgotten Books, Easy Reading Series, page 31,
- ( UK, dated ) In a difficult situation, unable to choose between unfavourable options; in a dilemma.
- 1903, George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Act I,
- 1964 September 3, H. Fullerton, Letters: Survival of the wild, New Scientist, Volume 23, No. 407, page 579,
- 1991, Attar Chand, Rajiv Gandhi: His Mind and Ideology, page 214,