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Meaning of in a cleft stick by Wiktionary Dictionary

in a cleft stick


    Etymology

    From the metaphor of being caught in a tight position, unable to move .

    Adjective

    in a cleft stick

    1. Used other than as an idiom: see in,‎ cleft,‎ stick.
    2. ( UK, dated ) In a difficult situation, unable to choose between unfavourable options; in a dilemma.