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choose the lesser of two evils

To pick the less offensive of two undesirable options. I wasn't excited about going to a seminar all weekend, but I also didn't want to lose my license, so I chose the lesser of two evils and spent the weekend learning about new regulations in our field. Do you really want to get a demerit for not having your blazer? Just choose the lesser of two evils and tell the teacher you forgot it—maybe she'll take pity on you!
See also: choose, evil, lesser, of, two

choose among (people or things)

To select from a group of options. The supervisor will choose among these candidates for someone to fill the position.
See also: among, choose

choose between (two people or things)

To select one person or thing from two options. We will choose between the two best candidates for the job. I'm exhausted because I had to choose between sleep or finishing this paper last night.
See also: choose, people

choose from (people or things)

To select from a group of options. The supervisor will choose from these candidates for someone to fill the position.
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choose sides

1. To ally or agree with one person or group in an argument. I refuse to choose sides between my two daughters! I didn't intend to choose sides, but Nancy made the stronger case.
2. To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose sides!
See also: choose, side

choose up sides

To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose up sides!
See also: choose, side, up

choose up

To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose up!
See also: choose, up

plus ça change (plus c'est la même chose)

From French, meaning "the more things change, the more they remain the same." In English, the phrase is used in reference to situations or problems that remain the same, even when people or things involved in them are different. We move into a fancy new office, and still, the server crashes all the time. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Plus ça change, eh? Even with Mr 'Give Back to the Working Class' in office, it's still the wealthy elite getting all the tax breaks.
See also: change, la, meme, plus

choose (up) sides

to select from a group to be on opposing sides for a debate, fight, or game. (Fixed order.) Let's choose up sides and play basketball. The children chose up sides and began the game.
See also: choose, side

choose up

Select players and form sides for a game or team, as in Jean was always afraid she'd be last when it was time to choose up. [First half of 1900s]
See also: choose, up

choose up

v.
To select players and form sides, teams, or some other group for a game or competition: The two captains chose up sides for the baseball game.
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While among those who chose prescription drugs/painkillers as the main threat to America's youth, 29% identified themselves as suburban dwellers, 24% as rural dwellers and 24% as urban dwellers.
When asked "In which lane do you think you ran fastest today," six chose Lane 1, seven chose Lane 4, and two chose Lane 8.
In this way the employer can keep more than if the employee were permitted to apply for reimbursement under either plan and chose to use the non-125 flexible benefit plan first.
I chose not to go, only because it was sixteen thousand dollars per year, and also because it was far from home, in Oklahoma.
Button, along with two-thirds of Northampton residents, chose an environmentally conscious provider that uses renewable resources and cleaner forms of conventional power such as natural gas.
Some of the candidates I chose had questionable backgrounds, but I was confident that my choices shared my political vision of the future and were the best qualified to make it a reality.
At our facility, we chose Data Med Clinical Support Services for our clinical computer system.
But God chose Israel, a wandering people in search of a homeland; God chose Moses, who couldn't speak clearly; God chose David, a conniving adulterer; God chose a manger in Bethlehem, a band of ignorant, smelly fishermen, with a tax collector thrown in for good measure; God chose a bloody cross on a hill outside the city as the ultimate "Means of Grace.
Our country's Founders chose the Electoral College system--rather than election by a direct popular vote--so that the President would be chosen in a calm, intelligent manner.
McKibben praises the Chinese emperors who chose to burn the great treasure fleet and destroy all records of the voyages.
Loretta Saunders, a 38-year-old divorcee from Atlanta, chose Kaiser Permanente's HMO plan because "I can't afford the premiums elsewhere, where I think the options would be better.
For example, if presented with a camper who is angry at her cabin mate for using her stuff, control theory would explain that the camper chose to feel angry as the best way she knew of getting back the power she lost by having her stuff used without her permission.
They chose John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson, even though Jackson won a majority of the popular vote.
Becker Rutledge, member of Marcus & Rutledge, LLC, in Metairie, Louisiana--the first CPA firm in Louisiana to become an LLC--was a sole proprietor who, after joining with John Marcus, chose to form an LLC for the ownership flexibility and the limited liability it provides members.