Mortons fork = Morton's fork
a situation in which there are two choices or alternatives whose consequences are equally unpleasant
John Morton (c. 1420-1500) was Archbishop of Canterbury and chief minister of Henry VII. Morton's fork was the argument used by him to extract contributions to the royal treasury : the obviously rich must have money and the frugal must have savings so neither could evade his demands.
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