Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Hobson's choice noun [HOB-suhnz-CHOIS] A choice without an alternative; the thing offered or nothing.
Definitions for Hobson's choice
- A choice without an alternative; the thing offered or nothing.
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Citations for Hobson's choice
Fagan's defense revolves around his insistence that he faced a Hobson's choice and had to act.
They're faced with a Hobson's choice: Make the plunge . . . or face a terrifying alternative -- gradual extinction.
Origin of Hobson's choice
The origin of the term Hobson's choice is said to be in the name of one Thomas Hobson (ca. 1544-1631), at Cambridge, England, who kept a livery stable and required every customer to take either the horse nearest the stable door or none at all.