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Scylla and Charybdis

Scylla and Charybdis, in Greek mythology, perils faced by Odysseus in the Straits of Messina. Scylla was a six-headed monster who ate all within reach and Charybdis was a whirlpool. The phrase “between Scylla and Charybdis” means a straight, narrow course between two dangers.

See also: Mythology.

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