Hobson's choice


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Hob·son's choice

 (hŏb′sənz)
n.
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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Hobson's choice

(ˈhɒbsənz)
n
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)
n.
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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hobson's choice - the choice of taking what is offered or nothing at all
alternative, option, choice - one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen; "what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative"; "my only choice is to refuse"
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Translations

Hobson's choice

[ˈhɒbsənzˈtʃɔɪs] N (Brit) → opción f única
it's Hobson's choiceo lo tomas o lo dejas
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Hobson’s choice

n it’s Hobson’s choiceda habe ich (wohl) keine andere Wahl
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Hobson's choice

[ˈhɒbsnzˈtʃɔɪs] n it's Hobson's choiceè una questione di prendere o lasciare
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