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Definition of Hobson's choice noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


Hobson's choice

NAmE//ˌhɑbsnz ˈtʃɔɪs//
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a situation in which someone has no choice because if they do not accept what is offered, they will get nothing From Tobias Hobson, a man who hired out horses in the 17th century. He gave his customers the choice of the horse nearest the stable door or none at all.
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