Beggars can not be choosers

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Beggars can not be choosers : Phrases


Relating to other people's situations, implying like it or lump it. This phrase means those who are at the receiving ends have no other option than have to accept what is given to them.


You have to agree to what he says. Because Beggars can not be choosers.


This expression was in use by 1546 when it appeared, in a book of proverbs compiled by John Heywood, in the form Folk say alway, beggars should be no choosers. Another proverb If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride, approaches the situation from a different angle. But this is more rarely used.

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