Beggars – choosers

The saying goes like this: beggars can’t be choosers.

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This one is used in a situation where somebody asks for something and does not exactly get what he or she wants.  Instead he/she has to accept what they get, even if it is less than they expected or hoped for or it is substandard.

The phrase dates back to the middle ages.  back then – just like today I might say – there was no/little support for old age or in cases of sickness and many people depended on the charity of others to meet their basic needs.  These people where in no position to be choosy about what they got.

Here is a usage example for the phrase:

My parents gave me their old car for graduation.  I really wanted a new sportscar but beggars can’t be choosers.  Right.

The phrase is used occasionally and is appropriate in most circumstances.

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