pick/choose your poison

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pick/choose your poison

used to say that someone has to make a choice between two unpleasant choices
  • Hiring a carpenter is expensive and doing it yourself is slow. Pick/Choose your poison.

Word by Word Definitions

pick play
  1. : to pierce, penetrate, or break up with a pointed instrument

  2. : to remove bit by bit

  3. : to remove covering or adhering matter from

  1. : a blow or stroke with a pointed instrument

  2. : the act or privilege of choosing or selecting : choice

  3. : the best or choicest one

  1. : a heavy, usually long-handled iron or steel tool pointed at one or both ends — compare mattock

  2. : toothpick

  3. : picklock

  1. : to throw or thrust with effort : hurl

  2. : to throw (a shuttle) across the loom

  1. : the act of pitching or throwing

  2. : something thrown

  3. : a throw of the shuttle

choose play
  1. : to select freely and after consideration

  2. : to decide on especially by vote : elect

  3. : to have a preference for

your play
  1. : of or relating to you or yourself or yourselves especially as possessor or possessors, agent or agents, or object or objects of an action

  2. : of or relating to one or oneself

  3. used with little or no meaning almost as an equivalent to the definite article the

poison play
  1. : a substance that through its chemical action usually kills, injures, or impairs an organism

  2. : something destructive or harmful

  3. : an object of aversion or abhorrence

  1. : to injure or kill with poison

  2. : to treat, taint, or impregnate with or as if with poison

  3. : to exert a baneful influence on : corrupt

  1. : poisonous, venomous

  2. : impregnated with poison : poisoned


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