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quandary
used in Ulysses by James Joyce

3 uses
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Definition
a state of uncertainty about what to do in a difficult situation
  • This was a quandary but, bringing common sense to bear on it, evidently there was nothing for it but put a good face on the matter and foot it which they accordingly did.
    Episode 16 — Eumaeus (2% in)
  • Mr Bloom, availing himself of the right of free speech, he having just a bowing acquaintance with the language in dispute, though, to be sure, rather in a quandary over voglio, remarked to his protégé in an audible tone of voice a propos of the battle royal in the street which was still raging fast and furious: —A beautiful language.
    Episode 16 — Eumaeus (18% in)
  • At this pertinent suggestion Mr Bloom, to change the subject, looked down but in a quandary, as he couldn't tell exactly what construction to put on belongs to which sounded rather a far cry.
    Episode 16 — Eumaeus (61% in)

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