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Hobson's Choice : Phrases


There is no choice at all.



This expression goes back to 1631, to a man named Hobson who ran a livery stable in Cambridge and was well known in his day. Milton, who was a student in Cambridge at the time, mentions him in two epitaphs. Hobson was renowned for the fact he would only let out his horses in strict rotation - there was no choice at all.

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