beggars can't be choosers

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beggars can’t be choosers

  1. When in need of help, one cannot dictate how that help is given. Put another way: when one's situation requires one to beg, one cannot complain about the insufficient or substandard gifts that one receives.

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  • Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, ISBN 0-679-44554-4, p. 22.