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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

lesser (of the two)

the smaller one (of two); the one having the lesser amount. The last two pieces of pie were not quite the same size, and I chose the lesser of the two. Faced with a basket containing too much and one with too little, Tom chose the lesser.

lesser of two evils

the less bad thing of a pair of bad things. I didn't like either politician, so I voted for the lesser of two evils. Given the options of going out with someone I don't like and staying home and watching a boring television program, I chose the lesser of the two evils and watched television.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two

the lesser of two evils

the less unpleasant of two choices, neither of which are good Sometimes I don't like either of the candidates, so I just try to choose the lesser of the two evils.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form a lesser evil: I don't like her, I just think of her as the lesser evil.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two

the lesser of two evils

  also a lesser evil
the less unpleasant of two choices, neither of which are good I suppose I regard the Democratic candidate as the lesser of two evils.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two

lesser of two evils

The somewhat less unpleasant of two poor choices. For example, I'd rather stay home and miss the picnic altogether than run into those nasty people-it's the lesser of two evils . This expression was already a proverb in ancient Greek and appeared in English by the late 1300s. Chaucer used it in Troilus and Cressida.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two
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He added : "We look at what are the big things we need to do to keep ourselves competitive, and one of most essential is we need to better integrate ourselves in the growing economies we have all around us, to our east, our south and our north," Lesser said.
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Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus, Linnaeus, 1758) breed primarily in northern and western Europe and have undergone a significant range expansion north and west as well as south during the past century (Cramp and Simmons 1983, Calladme 2004, Boertmann 2008).
Increased disappointment, lesser faith and sense of insecurity has made people end up their own lives, cutting and throwing their children away, showing the inhumanity by kidnapping and raping children, recording their anger by climbing electricity polls or by putting themselves on fire and so on.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham condemned the recent allegations raised by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) about Iran's three Persian Gulf islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb.
1] (thiamine), C (ascorbic acid), and E ([alpha]-tocopherol); and trace elements copper, selenium, and zinc for greater flamingos (Phoeniconaias [Phoenieopterus] rubeus) and lesser flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor).
Washington, May 20 ( ANI ): White men and women of European descent inherit common foot disorders, such as bunions (hallux valgus) and lesser toe deformities, including hammer or claw toe, a new study has revealed.
Also ready for inspection was the Lesser Garth Terret, an object which has fascinated me for years, regularly featuring prominently in books I've written and lectures I've given.
The Boston Consulting Group, one of the world's leading management consulting firms, has announced Richard I Lesser as its new president and chief executive officer, effective January 1.
Lesser back to the days of Addison Mizner, Lindbergh, and Geist in the early 1920s on Narcissus Avenue in West Palm Beach, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith put community front and center at its 85th anniversary bash.
Education staff discovered eggs in the tank of the zoo's lesser sirens, a species native to the US which resembles an eel with small front legs.
More than 15 attorneys and staff from Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC (LLL&S) left their suits and legal briefs behind and opted to don their LLL&S t-shirts and shorts and head to SunFest to literally “play it forward” and volunteer their time to help make great SunFest memories for a special group of youngsters.
Article 79 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) provides the basic rule for lesser included offenses (LIOs): "An accused may be found guilty of an offense necessarily included in the offense charged or of an attempt to commit either the offense charged or an offense necessarily included therein.
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