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Hobson's choice


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An apparently free choice that offers no real alternative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The choice of taking either the primary option or nothing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A choice without an alternative; the thing offered or nothing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See choice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the choice of taking what is offered or nothing at all


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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
After Thomas Hobson (1544-1631) of Cambridge, England, who rented horses and gave his customers the choice of the horse nearest the stable door or no horse at all. (Wiktionary)


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