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What's the meaning of the phrase 'In a quandary'?

Faced with a dilemma - perplexed and uncertain what to do.

What's the origin of the phrase 'In a quandary'?

A quandary is simply a dilemma or state of extreme uncertainty. The word is now little used, apart from in the phrase in a quandary. This came in to use in the 16th century; for example, in John Lyly's Euphues, the Anatomy of Wyt, 1579:

"Euphues ... departed, leaving this olde gentleman in a great quandarie."