Beggars can´t be Choosers

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Google images, "Beggars can´t be choosers"

Google images, “Beggars can´t be choosers”

Meaning:

When we say this, it is because somebody has asked for help but they are conditioning the help that they will get from others. When you beg for something, you have to take whatever the others want to give you. You have to set your dignity or pride aside.

 

Google images, "Beggars can´t be choosers"

Google images, “Beggars can´t be choosers”

Origin:

A beggar is a person who asks for money in the streets. A chooser is a person who selects what to take or not to take. When you are a beggar, you can’t be a chooser. In the 1500’s, people began using this expression to mean that sometimes you have little or no control over the things that you will receive or you just simply can’t choose what you will get. You just have to accept what the others want to give you.

 

Google images, "Beggars can´t be choosers"

Google images, “Beggars can´t be choosers”

Example:

• When I was giving Minna a ride in my car, I was hearing the new CD I had just bought. She said that she didn’t like that music and that she preferred to hear something else. But just before she could set any radio station, I told her that was my car and I was giving her a lift. So, she had to hear my music because beggars can’t be choosers.
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