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Hobson's choice

noun Hob·son's choice \ˈhäb-sənz-\

: a situation in which you are supposed to make a choice but do not have a real choice because there is only one thing you can have or do

Full Definition of HOBSON'S CHOICE

1
:  an apparently free choice when there is no real alternative
2
:  the necessity of accepting one of two or more equally objectionable alternatives

Examples of HOBSON'S CHOICE

  1. He jokingly referred to dinner as a Hobson's choice between soup and salad or salad and soup.

Origin of HOBSON'S CHOICE

Thomas Hobson †1631 English liveryman, who required every customer to take the horse nearest the door
First Known Use: 1649

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