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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

choose among (people or things)

To select from a group of options. The supervisor will choose among these candidates for someone to fill the position.
See also: among, choose

choose between (two people or things)

To select one person or thing from two options. We will choose between the two best candidates for the job. I'm exhausted because I had to choose between sleep or finishing this paper last night.
See also: choose, people

choose from (people or things)

To select from a group of options. The supervisor will choose from these candidates for someone to fill the position.
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choose sides

1. To ally or agree with one person or group in an argument. I refuse to choose sides between my two daughters! I didn't intend to choose sides, but Nancy made the stronger case.
2. To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose sides!
See also: choose, side

choose up sides

To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose up sides!
See also: choose, side, up

choose up

To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose up!
See also: choose, up

plus ça change (plus c'est la même chose)

From French, meaning "the more things change, the more they remain the same." In English, the phrase is used in reference to situations or problems that remain the same, even when people or things involved in them are different. We move into a fancy new office, and still, the server crashes all the time. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Plus ça change, eh? Even with the so-called champion of the working man in office, it's still the wealthy elite getting all the tax breaks.
See also: ca, change, la, meme, plus

pick and choose

To select and combine various different options as one desires. Starting next month, customers of the airline will no longer be able to pick and choose the things they pay for on their flights, instead having to select one of three pre-determined price tiers.
See also: and, choose, pick

choose (one's) moment

To be circumspect and prudent when deciding the best moment to act. Sometimes used ironically to suggest the opposite. I suggest choosing your moment before you ask the boss for a raise. Wow, she broke up with him on his birthday? She really knows how to choose her moment.
See also: choose, moment

choose the line of least resistance

To do something or decide on a course of action that avoids confrontation or difficulty. Let's not try to innovate this time—just choose the line of least resistance so we can get the job done on time. You're never going to be respected by your boss if you choose the line of least resistance every time he asks you to do something you don't want to do.
See also: choose, least, line, of, resistance

choose the path of least resistance

To do something or decide on a course of action that avoids confrontation or difficulty. Let's not try to innovate this time—just choose the path of least resistance so we can get the job done on time. You're never going to be respected by your boss if you choose the path of least resistance every time he asks you to do something you don't want to do.
See also: choose, least, of, path, resistance

choose (up) sides

to select from a group to be on opposing sides for a debate, fight, or game. (Fixed order.) Let's choose up sides and play basketball. The children chose up sides and began the game.
See also: choose, side

pick and choose

to choose very carefully from a number of possibilities; to be selective. You must take what you are given. You cannot pick and choose. Meg is so beautiful. She can pick and choose from a whole range of boyfriends.
See also: and, choose, pick

choose up

Select players and form sides for a game or team, as in Jean was always afraid she'd be last when it was time to choose up. [First half of 1900s]
See also: choose, up

pick and choose

Select with great care, as in John and Kate loved to go to the pastry shop, especially if they had time to pick and choose . Despite its redundancy ( pick and choose are synonyms), this phrase has survived since the 1400s.
See also: and, choose, pick

pick and choose

select only the best or most desirable or appropriate from among a number of alternatives.
See also: and, choose, pick

ˌpick and ˈchoose

take time and care to choose something you really want: There are so few jobs in banking at the moment that you’re not really in a position to pick and choose.
See also: and, choose, pick

choose up

v.
To select players and form sides, teams, or some other group for a game or competition: The two captains chose up sides for the baseball game.
See also: choose, up

pick and choose

To select with great care.
See also: and, choose, pick
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Among people who chose meth/crack as the most dangerous drug, all four regions, which also included the US West and the US South, were split almost evenly.
When asked "In which lane do you think you ran fastest today," six chose Lane 1, seven chose Lane 4, and two chose Lane 8.
In this way the employer can keep more than if the employee were permitted to apply for reimbursement under either plan and chose to use the non-125 flexible benefit plan first.
I made a great decision when I chose to start my education at Multipurpose.
Button, along with two-thirds of Northampton residents, chose an environmentally conscious provider that uses renewable resources and cleaner forms of conventional power such as natural gas.
For democracy to rise out of the mire, Americans must chose their elected officials based on their professional, not private, lives.
McKibben praises the Chinese emperors who chose to burn the great treasure fleet and destroy all records of the voyages.
Loretta Saunders, a 38-year-old divorcee from Atlanta, chose Kaiser Permanente's HMO plan because "I can't afford the premiums elsewhere, where I think the options would be better.
For example, if presented with a camper who is angry at her cabin mate for using her stuff, control theory would explain that the camper chose to feel angry as the best way she knew of getting back the power she lost by having her stuff used without her permission.
They chose John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson, even though Jackson won a majority of the popular vote.
Becker Rutledge, member of Marcus & Rutledge, LLC, in Metairie, Louisiana--the first CPA firm in Louisiana to become an LLC--was a sole proprietor who, after joining with John Marcus, chose to form an LLC for the ownership flexibility and the limited liability it provides members.
Small wonder that so many people in the '90s chose to start their own micro radio stations -- low-budget, low-power, locally focused outlets -- without the sanction of the FCC.
At this point, the prosecution would have had little to say, except that Susan Smith out of her own free will simply chose not to ignore it.
Some of the state's seven political parties said ``OK'' to nonpartisans participating, others said ``no way,'' while the two major political parties chose a ``maybe,'' splitting on whether or not to allow nonpartisans to vote on the presidential contest
The USMC chose Cadence in September 2005 to help the All-Marine Triathlon Team prepare for the grueling 1,500 meter swim, 40k bike ride, and 10K run at the 2006 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship.