Monday, May 23, 2022

Beggars can't be choosers


Meaning: Someone who depends on others can't insist on having things a certain way.

  • "Beggars" here is not necessarily literal.


Mini-Dialogue: Roy sees Liz, and she's making a face.

Roy: What's the matter, Liz?
Liz: My car is broken, and won't be ready 'til next Tuesday.
Roy: That's too bad. How did you get here?
Liz: Oh, one of my friends picked me up.
Roy: So why do you look upset?
Liz: Well, he smokes in the car!
Roy: Have you said anything about it?
Liz: No, I'm afraid if I do, he won't drive me anymore.
Roy: Yeah, I guess beggars can't be choosers. Just open a window and deal with it.
Liz: Good idea.  


Question: You might say this proverb to someone who:

   A. doesn't like a movie she saw with her boyfriend.
   B. needs help with homework after school.
   C. has a messy roommate, but needs help with the rent.




(Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons; CTTO)

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