Beggars can’t be choosers



beggars can’t be choosers

Those in dire need must be content with what they get. For example, The cheapest model will have to do—beggars can’t be choosers. This expression was familiar enough to be included in John Heywood’s 1546 collection of proverbs.

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  • Begged

    to ask for as a gift, as charity, or as a favor: to beg alms; to beg forgiveness. to ask (someone) to give or do something; implore: He begged me for mercy. Sit down, I beg you. to take for granted without basis or justification: a statement that begs the very point we’re disputing. to […]

  • Begging

    to ask for as a gift, as charity, or as a favor: to beg alms; to beg forgiveness. to ask (someone) to give or do something; implore: He begged me for mercy. Sit down, I beg you. to take for granted without basis or justification: a statement that begs the very point we’re disputing. to […]



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  • Begging letter

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