catch-22

a catch-22 situation (A catch-22 is an impossible situation in which there from which there is no escape because there are only two possibilities, and you cannot do either because each depends on having done the other first. — заколдованный круг; замкнутый круг; неразрешимая ситуация; неразрешимый парадокс

Example 1: If you don't have anywhere to live, you can't get a job and with no job you can't afford an apartment. It's a catch 22 situation. — Если негде жить, работы не найдёшь, а нет работы — нечем платить за жилье. Просто заколдованный круг какой-то.

Example 2: He can’t work because he doesn’t have a car, but he can’t get a car because he doesn’t have a job. This is a catch-22.

Example 3: There was nothing I could do. It was a classic catch-22.

Example 4: I had my choice between catch-22s. What do you call that kind of a dilemma?

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Catch 22 is the title of a book by Joseph Heller about the experiences of an American pilot.

syn.
[безвыходнoe положение]
[тупиковая ситуация]
[замкнутый круг]
[куда ни кинь — всюду клин]
~ on the horns of dilemma