Today’s idiom: between a rock and a hard place
Meaning: having to choose between two difficult options
Origin: The American phrase was influenced by similar phrases. “Between Scylla and Charybdis” refers to Homer’s Greek myth when Odysseus is forced to choose between the sea monster Scylla and the whirlpool Charybdis. “An offer you can’t refuse” is made popular by The Godfather book (1969) and the movie (1972). The earliest printing of this phrase is found in American Dialect Society’s publication Dialect Notes V, 1921.