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A choice between what is available and nothing; a lack of an alternative.
[After Thomas Hobson (1544?-1630), English keeper of a livery stable, from his requirement that customers take either the horse nearest the stable door or none.]
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the choice of taking what is offered or nothing at all
[C16: named after Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), English liveryman who gave his customers no choice but had them take the nearest horse]
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Hob′son's choice′(ˈhɒb sənz)
the choice of taking either that which is offered or nothing; the absence of a real alternative.
[1640–50; after Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), of Cambridge, England, who rented horses and gave his customer only one choice, that of the horse nearest the stable door]
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Hobson's choice[ˈhɒbsənzˈtʃɔɪs] N (Brit) → opción f única
it's Hobson's choice → o lo tomas o lo dejas
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n it’s Hobson’s choice → da habe ich (wohl) keine andere Wahl
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