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


Hobson’s choice

BrE BrE//ˌhɒbsnz ˈtʃɔɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhɑːbsnz ˈtʃɔɪs//
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a situation in which somebody has no choice because if they do not accept what is offered, they will get nothing More Like This Expressions with people’s names Aunt Sally, Hobson’s choice, Hooray Henry, Houdini, Jack the Lad, Jack Robinson, Jane Doe, Joe Bloggs, Joe Public, Joe Sixpack, John Bull, John Doe, John Hancock, Johnny Reb, PC Plod, Uncle SamSee worksheet. 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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