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 Betu’bium.Betwixt and Between. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Between.
 
Between hay and grass. Neither one thing nor yet another; a hobbledehoy, neither a man nor yet a boy.   1
   Between cup and lip. (See SLIP.)   2
   Between Scylla and Charybdis. Between two equal dangers; on the horns of a dilemma. (See CHARYBDIS.)   3
   Between two fires. Between two dangers. In war, an army fired upon from opposite sides is in imminent danger.   4
   Between two stools you come to the ground. “Like a man on double business bound, I stand in pause where I shall first begin, and both neglect.” He who hunts two hares leaves one and loses the other.” Simul sorbre ac flare non posum. The allusion is to a children’s game called “The Ambassador,” also a practical joke at one time played at sea when the ship crossed the line. Two stools are set side by side, but somewhat apart, and a cloth is covered over them. A person sits on each stool to keep the cloth taut, and the ambassador is invited to sit in the middle; but, as soon as he is seated, the two rise and the ambassador comes to the ground.   5
   Between you and me (French, entre nous). In confidence be it spoken. Sometimes, Between you and me and the gate-post. These phrases, for the most part, indicate that some ill-natured remark or slander is about to be made of a third person, but occasionally they refer to some offer or private affair. “Between ourselves” is another form of the same phrase.   6
 


 Betu’bium.Betwixt and Between. 

 
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