Hobson-s-choice meaning

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A choice between what is available and nothing; a lack of an alternative.
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A choice of taking what is offered or nothing at all; lack of an alternative.
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The choice of taking either the primary option or nothing.
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Origin of hobson-s-choice

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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.

    From Wiktionary