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Definition of Scylla and Charybdis noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


Scylla and Charybdis

NAmE//ˌsɪlə ən kəˈrɪbdəs//
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used to refer to a situation in which an attempt to avoid one danger increases the risk from another danger From ancient Greek stories in which a female sea creature (called Scylla) tried to catch and eat sailors who passed between her cave and a whirlpool (called Charybdis).
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