In the belly of the beast

adverb phrase

In an extremely difficult plight; beleaguered: Esa-Pekka Salonen is in the belly of the beast. The brilliant young Finnish conductor has begun his third season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

[1990s+; perhaps an allusion to the plight of Jonah, swallowed by a great fish]


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