Definition of Hobson's choice in English:

Hobson's choice

Line breaks: Hob¦son's choice
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒbs(ə)nz


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.

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