И ХОЧЕТСЯ И КОЛЕТСЯ

(И) ХОЧЕТСЯ И КОЛЕТСЯ coll, humor
[VP; impers; these forms only; fixed WO]
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s.o. is torn between the desire to do sth. and the fear of doing it because of the risk, danger, or loss that might be involved:
- I want <he wants etc> to, but I'm <he's etc> scared <wavering, hanging back>;
- I (you etc) want to, but...;
- the cat loves fish but hates water;
- honey is sweet, but the bee stings.


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