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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

lesser evil

The less offensive of two undesirable options. Both options are unpalatable, but the lesser evil, in this case, is selling the house. Polls show that the candidate is not well-liked, but is viewed as the lesser evil.
See also: evil, lesser

the lesser of two evils

The less offensive of two undesirable options. Both options are unpalatable, but the lesser of two evils, in this case, is selling the house. Polls show that the candidate is not well-liked, but is viewed as the lesser of two evils.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two

lesser (of the two)

the smaller one (of two); the one having the lesser amount. The last two pieces of pie were not quite the same size, and I chose the lesser of the two. Faced with a basket containing too much and one with too little, Tom chose the lesser.

lesser of two evils

the less bad thing of a pair of bad things. I didn't like either politician, so I voted for the lesser of two evils. Given the options of going out with someone I don't like and staying home and watching a boring television program, I chose the lesser of the two evils and watched television.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two

lesser of two evils

The somewhat less unpleasant of two poor choices. For example, I'd rather stay home and miss the picnic altogether than run into those nasty people-it's the lesser of two evils . This expression was already a proverb in ancient Greek and appeared in English by the late 1300s. Chaucer used it in Troilus and Cressida.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two

the lesser of two evils

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the lesser evil

COMMON If you have to choose between two bad things, you can call the one which is less bad the lesser of two evils or the lesser evil. Should she choose life on the streets or the bad marriage? In the end it seemed the street was the lesser of two evils. In a continent where economic successes are rare, this sort of regime may seem a lesser evil than abject poverty.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two

the lesser evil (or the lesser of two evils)

the less harmful or unpleasant of two bad choices or possibilities.
See also: evil, lesser

the ˌlesser of two ˈevils

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the ˌlesser ˈevil

the less unpleasant of two unpleasant choices: Neither candidate seemed capable of governing the country. People voted for him as the lesser of two evils.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two

lesser of two evils

See choice between two evils.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two
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As for what specifically BCG was helping the governments of the region try to achieve, Lesser responded: "It's certainly a time when governments are trying to step up in terms of, what's the next generation of the way they engage with their citizens, the way they bring public services to them, [the] aspirations for how they're going to operate in a world where funding levels are lower because oil prices are much lower."
"Under Startup India, it was made mandatory for banks to lend money to women and people of Scheduled Tribe at lesser interest," Adityanath said here while addressing a gathering.
The doctrine of lesser included offenses has evolved to accomplish a multitude of different tasks.
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Lesser: There's a continuing transition in how people communicate and receive information.
Attorney General Jim Hood is the favorite and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is the key challenger with seven other lesser knowns on the ballot.
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For his part, Lesser says he sees AT&T as a chance to continue the work he was doing at GroupM to improve media buying with technology--but on a much bigger scale and with more resources.
ISLAMABAD: Senate Functional Committee on Problems of Lesser Developed Areas on Thursday expressed its concern over theunnecessary blocking of over 300,000 Computerized National Identity Cards (CNIC) belonging to lesser developed areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan.
The lesser prairie-chicken is a medium-sized, grayish brown grouse that lives in eco-regions spanning Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Stone Creek Names Lesser Account Manager in Washington
The lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) is considered an umbrella species of the western portion of the Southern Great Plains (Miller et al., 2016), and its conservation could provide ecological benefits to many other species (Hagen and Giesen, 2005).
Staff at Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth were thrilled when they saw their Lesser Spotted Dogfish laying eggs.
The chief minister expressed his strong indignation over the complaints of deduction in weight and procurement of sugarcane from farmers at lesser rates and issued final warning of 48 hours to the sugar mill owners to mend their ways.
Abstract.--Observations were made of foraging lesser yellow-headed vultures (Cathartes burrovianus), turkey vultures (Cathartes aura), and black vultures (Coragyps atratus) 9-30 May 1983 near Crooked Tree village at Crooked Tree Lagoon (N 17[degrees] 50' 25" W 88[degrees] 31' 25"), 55 km northwest of Belize City, Belize, Central America.