HARD (ER) KANJI - JLPT 2 KYUU

The left part is ki 'tree' and the right is han meaning 'anti-' or 'against.' So think of making a wooden sign against something.
いたはんばん board (wood); plate
看板 kan ban - sign, billboard
板挟み ita basami - a dilemma, caught between a rock and a hard place