/dɪ'lemə, daɪ-; də`lɛmə, daɪ-/
1 situation in which one has to choose between two undesirable things or courses of action 进退两难的窘境; 进退维谷的困境
*be in/place sb in a dilemma 陷入[置某人于]进退两难之境.
2 (idm 习语) on the horns of a dilemma => horn.
1500-1600; Language: Greek;Origin:'double statement'
, from lemma 'statement'
a situation in which it is very difficult to decide what to do, because all the choices seem equally good or equally bad a moral dilemmain a dilemma I'm in a dilemma about this job offer. This placed Robert Kennedy in a dilemma . Many women are faced with the dilemma of choosing between work and family commitments.
→be on the horns of a dilemmaathorn1
1. The doctor´s dilemma was whether he should tell the patient the truth. 医生进退两难的是该不该把真情告诉患者。
2. Sarah's ability to solve her dilemma by rooming with her identical twin is unusual, but the conflict she faced is not. 萨拉以和同卵双生姐妹同住的办法走出了她的困境，这种办法倒很少见，但她所遇到的冲突却并不罕见。