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行くも地獄 引くも地獄

English translation: Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

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21:10 Aug 4, 2010
Japanese to English translations [Non-PRO]
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Japanese term or phrase: 行くも地獄 引くも地獄
Is there any established English saying for this Japanese phrase? It doesn't make much sense to translate this literally, and if there is no English equivalent I don't necessarily have to use a "saying"... but if there is one, it would be nice to use it. Thanks in advance!
yukim
United States
Local time: 22:50
English translation:Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Explanation:
If an exact literal translation is not required, then this phrase seems rather helpful.

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Note added at 1 hr (2010-08-04 23:05:11 GMT)
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Of course, the phrase in your example is "Going is hell, withdrawing is hell," but I think in many contexts this should be applicable.
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Ryan Layman
Local time: 14:50
Grading comment
Thank you!! The phrase fits so nicely in the context I have.
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4 +2Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Ryan Layman


  

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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2
Damned if you do, damned if you don't.


Explanation:
If an exact literal translation is not required, then this phrase seems rather helpful.

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Note added at 1 hr (2010-08-04 23:05:11 GMT)
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Of course, the phrase in your example is "Going is hell, withdrawing is hell," but I think in many contexts this should be applicable.

Ryan Layman
Local time: 14:50
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
Grading comment
Thank you!! The phrase fits so nicely in the context I have.

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agree  seika
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agree  ymmoss
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