choice between two undesirable options
- lesser of two evils
- between a rock and a hard place
- between Scylla and Charybdis
- on the horns of a dilemma
- out of the frying pan and into the fire
- Hobson's choice
- "Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea" in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds, 2004.