The idiom ‘between a rock and a hard place' means to face two equally undesirable alternatives. This video explains the meaning and use of the idiom 'between a rock and a hard place' in English. We explain how to use it with some easy examples for Spoken and Business English.
If you find yourself between a rock and a hard place, you are in a difficult situation where you have to choose between two equally unpleasant situations or courses of action. This idiom is commonly found in both social and professional situations. Having two tough choices which both give unpleasant or unsatisfactory outcomes can be uncomfortable, which explains the literal meaning of actually being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
I love my girlfriend, and I love my mother. I always get stuck between a rock and a hard place when they argue.
If I take the job, I’ll have to move to the other side of the country and leave the family for a large part of the year. I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.”