[ch=k]. A whirlpool on the coast of Sicily. Scylla and
Charybdis are employed to signify two equal dangers. Thus Horace says
an author trying to avoid Scylla, drifts into Charybdis, i.e.
seeking to avoid one fault, falls into another. The tale is that
Charybdis stole the oxen of Hercules, was killed by lightning, and
changed into the gulf.
“Thus when I shun Scylla, your father, I fall into Charybdis, your
mother.” —Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, iii. 5.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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