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It is an ethical dilemma.
  a situation in which a difficult choice must be made between imperfect alternatives
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  • It is an ethical dilemma.
  • Perhaps there is a way out of our present dilemma.
  • Time pressure adds to the dilemma.
  • She would have you accept an "either or" proposition that is a false dilemma.

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  • The omnivore’s dilemma has been around a long time.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Yet another dilemma worthy of Papa’s Talmudic thinking.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I understood this dilemma but the law did not, and for a long time, I didn’t know what to do.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • That resolves my dilemma fast.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Everyone listened as I explained my dilemma.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • It was a serious dilemma.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • Some stood a little way back from him, as if this absolved them of the handshake dilemma, while others hoisted the knees of their trousers and crouched down almost at his feet.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • He would have liked some time to consider his new dilemma, but in less than a minute he was standing outside the metal door to Mr. Curtain’s office.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • And pounding forward with a rush came the ugly Dilemma, snorting steam and looking intently for someone to catch on the ends of his long pointed horns, while his hoofs bit eagerly at the ground.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • It was a dilemma: you wanted to be a year older, you did not want The Treatment, and you couldn’t have one without the other.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Wringer
  • I was lucky he thought at all and didn’t just pull out his gun and shoot me, resolving in a second the dilemma presented to him by this little Jewish boy.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Her beauty was both a blessing and a curse and presented me with a fascinating dilemma when it came to picking a jury.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • I’m not sure whether to invite her in or close the door while I change, but she solves this dilemma by bustling in and sitting on the bed.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Whatever her thoughts, she put the dilemma into Barbara’s hands.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • That night after prayer-time the six of us faced our dilemma.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • And this brings me, Stingo, to your possible or potential role in this so far unresolved dilemma.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He wasn’t sure the book would help them out of their dilemma.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • You can understand my dilemma.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Belky understands Maraa Isabel’s dilemma.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Seeing the cause of my current dilemma calmly pitching his tent back at our site makes me furious.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • A little private moral dilemma.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • And Bilibin unwrinkled his temple, feeling that the dilemma was insoluble.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And we faced the same dilemma: the only escape was to go down, but our only defensive strategy was to go up.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • She refused, and I could understand her dilemma.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • The dilemma had me between his horns.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • But Chris, with his idiosyncratic logic, came up with an elegant solution to this dilemma: He simply got rid of the map.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Their dilemma was solved when a woman suddenly burst into song.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Why will you Seignor Atkins, said I, smiling, put us to such an unhappy dilemma, such a fatal necessity?
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • He faced a painful dilemma: By raising a dragon, he could become a Rider.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • At the time, Liesel had no idea that her foster father, Hans Hubermann, was contemplating one of the most dangerous dilemmas a German citizen could face.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Mary was not the least bit concerned about her son’s new dilemma.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • The whole thing changed from a little walking and stretching to a mathematical dilemma.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Sophie needed Langdon for herself, and it was this dilemma that left Sophie only one logical conclusion.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Listen to this dilemma: God is God, and the world is the devil.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But compared with dating your mother or cleaning up puke or even, God forbid . Carey Dennison? I spent the rest of the evening debating the pros and cons of my dilemma.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • Then Bailey solved my dilemma.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • I told Morrie about my generation’s dilemma with having children, how we often saw them as tying us down, making us into these "parent" things that we did not want to be.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • In this dilemma, Uncas lighted on the furrow of the cannon ball, where it had cut the ground in three adjacent ant-hills.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Which led us to the reason for our own dilemma.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Eragon ignored the council, focusing instead on working a way out of his dilemma.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • When, then, the Count of Monte Cristo, hearing of the dilemma in which you are placed, has sent to offer you seats in his carriage and two places at his windows in the Palazzo Rospoli.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He was pinched perspinngly in the epistemological dilemma of the skeptic, unable to accept solutions to problems he was unwilling to dismiss as unsolvable.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The troll faced a dilemma — which female to eat first.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Then I was faced with a dilemma I hadn’t considered.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • What a wonderful dilemma.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • If I say that that is the dilemma you’ve put me in, would you help me by answering a personal question?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
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