torn between, be

Be distracted by two conflicting choices, be in a dilemma, as in I'm torn between going to the mountains or going to the seashore; each appeals to me. This idiom was first recorded in 1871.


Nearby words

  1. torment,
  2. tormentil,
  3. tormentor,
  4. tormé,
  5. torn,
  6. tornadic,
  7. tornado,
  8. tornado belt,
  9. tornaria,
  10. torne

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