A situation where a difficult choice must be made, often between two unpleasant choices.



Example One:  

Wisconsin Village Pool Faces Hot Dilemma

Just as hot weather is finally arriving in Wisconsin, the village swimming pool has sprung a leak - to the tune of 35,000 gallons a day.

Local officials must decide whether to make the repair, which could shut down the pool for four weeks, or live with the leak through the swimming season - and pay $8,500 in extra expenses to keep the pool filled.



Wisconsin Village Pool Faces Hot Dilemma June 22, 2004, Associated Press.




Example Two:


Deciding which career path to take can be a challenging dilemma.



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