Sunday 8 July 2007

AAE Q80: beggars can't be choosers

Hi Matt,

What does "beggars can´t be choosers" mean?

Maybe it´s not correct but I hope you understand...

Thank you


"beggars can't be choosers"

definition: people who are in great need must accept any help that is offered, even if it is not a complete solution to their problems.

example: "I can't afford a new car. A second hand car 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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