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    An idiomatic expression for

    being pressured to make a decision but feeling happy?

    Let's say, you got 2 very excellent offers from two different baseball clubs and you have to choose one.

    You agonize over which offer to accept but you are not actually in agony but on cloud nine because either way you will end up getting loaded.


    If you were to convey that idea in a sentence that goes something like:
    "I had to _____________________ in making the final decision."

    what would be some possible expressions I could use?

    Thanks

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    Re: An idiomatic expression for

    I had pleasant worries about making the decision.

    Is this acceptable?

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    Re: An idiomatic expression for

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    I had pleasant worries about making the decision.

    Is this acceptable?
    No, that doesn't work. Unfortunately, a natural expression does not come to mind - yet. I'll be back if I think of one.

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    Re: An idiomatic expression for

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    No, that doesn't work. Unfortunately, a natural expression does not come to mind - yet. I'll be back if I think of one.
    Thank you sir.

    What about "torn between"?

    Does this expression profusely carry the connotation of the happiness lying underneath the surface?

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    Re: An idiomatic expression for

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    What about "torn between"?

    Does this expression profusely carry the connotation of the happiness lying underneath the surface?
    That's good.

    I was torn between two offers.

    I was trying to think of something that would fit iin your gap. You could also say: I was spoilt for choice (between two offers). I think 'torn between' is better.

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    Re: An idiomatic expression for

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    You could also say:[I] I was spoilt for choice (between two offers).
    If you have so many choices you have to choose from, which you like all, then is "be spoilt for choice" a better choice than "torn between"?

    For instance, say, you visited an exotic country and there are so many delicious local cuisines and you don't know which one to try first because they all look good, then can you say, talking to your friend back home:

    "If you ever visit here, as far as food, you will be spoilt for choice." ?

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    Re: An idiomatic expression for

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    If you have so many choices you have to choose from, which you like all, then is "be spoilt for choice" a better choice than "torn between"?
    Probably

    For instance, say, you visited an exotic country and there are so many delicious local cuisines and you don't know which one to try first because they all look good, then can you say, talking to your friend back home:

    "If you ever visit here, as far as food, you will be spoilt for choice." ?
    I think that would be better framed as:

    If you ever come here/visit, you will be spoilt for choice as far as food is concerned.

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    Re: An idiomatic expression for

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    being pressured to make a decision but feeling happy?

    Let's say, you got 2 very excellent offers from two different baseball clubs and you have to choose one.
    You might be "wracked with indecision"

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    Re: An idiomatic expression for

    Quote Originally Posted by waflob View Post
    You might be "wracked with indecision"
    The spelling is more usually 'wracked' these days.

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    Re: An idiomatic expression for

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The spelling is more usually 'wracked' these days.
    Is it? I always use "wracked with guilt", "wracked with sadness" etc. The only time I use "racked" is "to rack one's brains" and I've only taken the "w" off that in the last couple of years.

    Yet again, I learn something about my own language!

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