A Hobson’s choice is a supposedly free choice in which only one option is offered. As a person may refuse to take that option, the choice is therefore between taking the option or not; “take it or leave it”.
The phrase is said to originate from Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), a livery stable owner. To rotate the use of his horses he offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in the stall nearest the door or taking none at all.
In this photo the choice is between two beers, from Hobsons brewery, so my Hobson’s choice was to drink a Hobsons or abstain.
www.hobsons-brewery.co.uk/ – They make exceedingly good beer. 🙂