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Meaning of HOBSON'S CHOICE

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  the choice of taking what is offered or nothing at all
 
 See Also: alternative, choice, option

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Hob"son's choice"\
A choice without an alternative; the thing offered or
nothing.

Note: It is said to have had its origin in the name of one
      Hobson, at Cambridge, England, who let horses, and
      required every customer to take in his turn the horse
      which stood next the stable door.

 

 

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