awkward predicament

See: dilemma
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Halfacre happened to be in this awkward predicament, and he broke down in the effort to sustain himself.
At once I realized that I was in a very awkward predicament.
The most awkward predicament any board can get itself into is for a sitting CEO to abruptly step down and leave the board with no name to pull out of the envelope.
His schedule already produced the awkward predicament of visiting Jerusalem during Shabbat, the weekly sabbath during which observant Jews do not work or use electricity.
Refusing to get downbeat about the awkward predicament he found himself in, Lennon-Ford stuck to what he knew best - training hard.
LG was in an awkward predicament with the shrunken shipment and the loss since Q2 2010.
It is an awkward predicament for Mowbray, who acknowledges that Boyd has both the technique and pedigree to score goals in the Championship.
By one of our saying, we have always found ourselves in this awkward predicament, and every Lebanese understands it.
In terms of the professions affected, lawyers have always been in by far the most awkward predicament because of the legally-sanctified relationship between them and their clients.
Again, the mother's "Turn around and eat your salad," as she nervously coped with her awkward predicament.
The most awkward predicament any board can get itself into, which occurs just the same with alarming frequency, lately accelerated by the rise of activist investors and ratcheting pressures on boards and CEOs to deliver better performance, is for a sitting CEO to abruptly step down and leave the board with no name to pull out of the envelope.