the lesser of two evils


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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
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Now the best we can hope for is the lesser of two evils.
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