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Fall between two stools fail to be or take one of two satisfactory alternatives; with allusion to the proverb between two stools one falls to the ground.

stool of repentance traditionally in the Presbyterian Church, on which a person sat to do formal penance before the rest of the congregation.

stool pigeon a police informer, a person acting as a decoy, so named from the original use in wildfowling of a pigeon fixed to a stool as a decoy.

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