Did you know…?
…that ‘between the devil and the deep blue sea’ takes its origin in the early 17th century in the sea. The heavy plank fastened to the side of a vessel as a support for guns was called the devil. Sometimes a sailor had to go out onto this plank to do repairs to the boat. In heavy seas he would be in great danger of falling overboard and drowning because he was between the devil and the deep blue sea.
Today it means between two dangers and not knowing what to do.