Morton's fork


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Morton's fork

A decision in which either of two outcomes will result in equally unpleasant or unfavorable consequences. Many voters feel like they're facing their own Morton's fork this election, having to choose between two candidates that both have record-low approval ratings.
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Morton's fork

a situation in which there are two choices or alternatives whose consequences are equally unpleasant.
John Morton ( c .1420–1500 ) was Archbishop of Canterbury and chief minister of Henry VII . Morton's fork was the argument used by him to extract contributions to the royal treasury: the obviously rich must have money and the frugal must have savings, so neither could evade his demands.
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For select ADC real estate loans, borrowers were stuck with Morton's fork: contribute 15 percent upfront equity on the "as completed" value of the project or face a higher interest rate due to a 150 percent capital requirement imposed on the lender.
A memorable day for Godolphin was completed by the victory of Morton's Fork in the Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas over a mile, meaning Bin Suroor, Appleby and John O'Shea had all won stakes races on the same card - a unique feat for the operation.
You could preempt the whole thing and just say "I won't hold," but that often just gets the dial tone, or a reminder that, "Our doctor is quite busy seeing other patients." It is a true Hobson's choice--or maybe Morton's fork. You can hold (not desirable) or you can hang up (less desirable).
The unfortunate owners of systems that cannot be upgraded before the stage 2 deadline will--through no fault of their own--be faced with a Morton's fork of replacing their EHR on short notice or abandoning their quest for stage 2 attestation.
The final episode is titled "Morton's Fork." If the penultimate episode was not bloody enough, wait for the final episode to unfold.
This is the three-pronged Morton's Fork (a selection of choices that really lead to the same outcome) that appears to greet any customer looking to buy health insurance primarily to protect themselves against the possibility of mental illness.
It's a Christmassy conundrum that would have Stephen Hawkings virtually scratching his head, a Morton's fork of a double-bind and no mistake.
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But Hamas, which has proven to be as astute politically as it is ruthless militarily, maneuvered Israel into a Morton's Fork - a choice between two equally unpleasant alternatives.
For a younger generation the book (if known at all) is about as enjoyable as a run-in with Morton's Fork. Sellar and Yeatman's account begins with the Roman Invasion of 55BC and ends with the End of History in 1918.
North, with ace to three diamonds, will now be in a Morton's Fork situation.
In the meantime, the Rangers fans are once again left with what they call Morton's Fork - two choices, both undesirable.
So the situation is actually what is known as a Morton's Fork - a choice between two alternatives which lead to the same unpleasant conclusion.