choose the lesser of two evils

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
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Voters are forced to choose between the two major party candidates, often feeling they must choose the lesser of two evils.
There is no perfect candidate in the race, and when people say you don't have to choose the lesser of two evils, they are right, because you have to choose the lesser of four.
And in those moments, a robot car may have to choose the lesser of two evils -- for example, swerving onto a crowded sidewalk to avoid being rear-ended by a speeding truck or staying put and placing its occupants in mortal danger.
He apparently seeks to force the world to choose the lesser of two evils.
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb said the March 14 coalition would be forced to choose the lesser of two evils when its lawmakers vote next week to extend Parliament's mandate, blaming Aoun and Hezbollah for putting the coalition in such a situation.
considered Russia an evil and preferred Europe to it, he was to choose the lesser of two evils not to face such a humiliating situation.
Exponents of US policy argue that in war it is sometimes necessary to choose the lesser of two evils.
I watched my Maronite friends debating on Facebook with sadness, they did not have ambitions like Greek or Turkish Cypriots to become President, Foreign Minister or to ever become a MEP -- they seemed resigned to their fate always trying to choose the lesser of two evils.
THERE'S more than one thing wrong here and I'm glad you're trying to choose the lesser of two evils to spare your girlfriend more pain than necessary.
If only we could all work together to drastically reduce the need for abortion while retaining its safe availability for those who are compelled to choose the lesser of two evils, we could all have our cake and eat it too.
In interviews with dozens of workers in communities visited by the 1992 Clinton campaign, many suggested that they don't plan to choose the lesser of two evils.
In the end, the civil war in Syria is turning into a horrific clash that is forcing the people of Syria to choose the lesser of two evils.
This situation makes these countries choose the lesser of two evils, which is the Assad regime.
Exponents of Washington's policy argue that in war it is sometimes necessary to choose the lesser of two evils.
We're not going to get there, however, by conceding sound land use planning to a committee compelled to choose the lesser of two evils.