A choice of taking what is available or nothing at all: the regional council must decide whether a private toll bridge is better than no bridge at all—it’s a Hobson’s choice
More example sentences
- Hence, a Hobson's choice was not a choice at all.
- But Hobson's choice is no choice.
- The choices they made were mostly Hobson's choices.
mid 17th century: named after Thomas Hobson (1554–1631), a Cambridge carrier who hired out horses, giving the customer the ‘choice’ of the one nearest the door or none at all.
Definition of Hobson's choice in:
- The US English dictionary