" Hobson's choice "
1. A choice forced upon someone. 2. Cockney rhyming slang for voice.
1. There was only one room left in the hotel when we arrived, so we got Hobson's choice. 2. I've had a sore throat for a couple of days - now I'm beginning to lose my hobsons.
Where did it originate?:
, 17th century. Derived from the name of the carrier Thomas Hobson.
Where is it used?:
, although mostly amongst the older generation.
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