A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi. Betwixt the Deuill and the dead sea. The Latin proverb a fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi , literally a precipice in front, wolves behind , appeared with its Greek equivalent in Adagiorum chiliades Thousands of adages — , an annotated collection of Greek and Latin proverbs by the Dutch humanist and scholar Desiderius Erasmus circa :.
Cum aliquis hinc atque hinc duobus maximis premitur malis, ut, in utruncunque inciderit, pereundum sit. When at sea and the devil had to be caulked, the sailor sat in a bosun's chair to do so.
He was suspended between the devil and the sea—the "deep"—a very precarious position, especially when the ship was underway.
The seam in a wooden deck which bounds the waterway. It is so-called from its difficulty of access in caulking. A seam in the planking of a wooden ship on or below the waterline. If sailors fell from a footrope under a yardarm, they would either land on the deck within the devil plank or in the water outside of the devil plank.
Either option is likely fatal. Taking and choosing. Translations of be between the devil and the deep blue sea in Chinese Traditional. Need a translator? Translator tool. Browse be behind the curve idiom. Test your vocabulary with our fun image quizzes.
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