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Examples from the Web for charybdis
Meanwhile many ordinary Egyptians will find themselves back at square one, caught between Scylla and Charybdis.Thy Hand, Great Anarch!
August 14, 2013
What a fatality, that you have no better an option—either a Scylla or a Charybdis.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The passage between Scylla and Charybdis is often a wide one.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
All night long I was tossed on the waves, and at dawn I drew near to Charybdis.
Charybdis could not take him, on account of a saving germ in him still; she has to let him pass.Homer's Odyssey
Denton J. Snider
We, and the new faith with us, are between Scylla and Charybdis.Privy Seal
Ford Madox Ford
- a ship-devouring monster in classical mythology, identified with a whirlpool off the north coast of Sicily, lying opposite Scylla on the Italian coastCompare Scylla
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Word Origin and History for charybdis
whirlpool off the coast of Sicily, from Latinized form of Greek Kharybdis, of unknown origin. Cf. Scylla.
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