id quod aiunt, auribus teneo lupum
That which they say, "I have a wolf by the ears."
(Terentius, Phormio 506)
The fact that he prefaces the quote with "that which they say (id quod aiunt)" means this is not just something he is saying, this is current in their culture.
It is parallel to what we might say with "To Have a Tiger by the Tail." In other words, one is in a situation where action and inaction are equally dangerous and un-(forgive the pun)-tenable.
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