- between Scylla and Charybdis, between two equally perilous alternatives, neither of which can be passed without encountering and probably falling victim to the other.
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Examples from the Web for scylla
What a fatality, that you have no better an option—either a Scylla or a Charybdis.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
What hath availed me Syrtes or Scylla, what desolate Charybdis?The Aeneid of Virgil
She rode up close to Scylla and put her hand on Texas's neck.
Scylla exclaimed to Martha as John fixed her on Texas's back.
Then, with great pains and trouble, she pulled and lifted Scylla into the saddle.
- Greek myth a sea nymph transformed into a sea monster believed to drown sailors navigating the Strait of Messina. She was identified with a rock off the Italian coastCompare Charybdis
- between Scylla and Charybdis in a predicament in which avoidance of either of two dangers means exposure to the other
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Word Origin and History for scylla
sea-monster in the Strait of Messina, from Latinized form of Greek Skylla, of unknown origin, perhaps related to skyllein "to tear."
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Idioms and Phrases with scylla
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