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Beggars can’t Be Choosers

beggar with sign for expensive photos

Beggars can’t Be Choosers Definition

Beggars can’t be choosers.

  • If you’re out of options you shouldn’t be picky when one is offered.
  • A desperate person shouldn’t be choosy when presented with an answer.

Beggars can’t Be Choosers Examples

  • I didn’t want to work with Tony, but it was either that or move all these bales of hay on my own. I guess beggars can’t be choosers. Besides I heard he got that funny eye fixed.
  • Hey beggars can’t be choosers. You may not want to be a fry cook, but work is work and you need to make that car payment.


Do you wish you would die?

No. But I might wish I had died. When you’re alive you’ve always got that ahead of you.

Or you might wish you’d never been born.

Well. Beggars cant be choosers.

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

But as they say, beggars can’t be choosers; I was a young father of two children with a third on the way, and I was already in debt due to my dream of being an independent filmmaker of small art films. George Lucas, my young protégé and cofounder of our struggling company, American Zoetrope, emphatically told me: ‘You have to accept this job; we have no money and the sheriff is coming to chain up the front door.’

The Godfather Notebook, Francis Ford Coppola

Beggars can’t Be Choosers Origin

Literary Origin

Beggers should be no choosers, but yet they will: Who can bryng a begger from choyse to begge still?

John Heywood, dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546

John Heywood who is our unofficial mascot appears to have the best origin for our idiom known at this time. The above quote is recorded in the later of his proverb collections published in 1546.