in a bind

[in a bind] or [in a box] {adv. phr.}, {informal} Likely to havetrouble whether you do one thing or another.

Sam is in a bindbecause if he carries home his aunt's groceries, his teacher will beangry because he is late, and if he doesn't, his aunt will complain.

Compare: BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, HORNS OF A DILEMMA.