beggars can't be choosers

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Beggars can't be choosers definition


People who depend on the generosity of others are in no position to dictate what others give them.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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beggars can't be choosers

Those in dire need must be content with what they get. For example, The cheapest model will have to dobeggars can't be choosers. This expression was familiar enough to be included in John Heywood's 1546 collection of proverbs.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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