(you) pay your money and take your choice

(you) pay your money and take your choice

You are the one paying, so the decision about something is yours. (Often used to indicate that there is not a clear advantage to one choice over another.) A: "Do you think I should do the guided tour or rent a bicycle and explore the city myself?" B: "You pay your money and take your choice—you can't go wrong either way." You could opt for the model with the stronger CPU, or you could put that cost toward a bigger hard drive. Pay your money and take your choice.
See also: and, choice, money, pay, take
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pay your money and take your choice

Also, you pays your money and takes your choice. Since you're paying, it's your decision, as in We can take the train or the bus-you pays your money and takes your choice. This term first appeared in the English humor magazine Punch in the mid-1800s and has been repeated ever since.
See also: and, choice, money, pay, take
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pay(s) your money and take(s) your choice, you

It’s your decision as long as you’re willing to pay the price. This term has been traced to the mid-nineteenth century, when it first appeared in print in the English humor magazine Punch. It also appeared in a late nineteenth-century peep-show rhyme cited in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations: “Whichever you please, my little dears: You pays your money and you takes your choice, You pays your money and what you sees Is a cow or a donkey just as you pleases.”
See also: and, money
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