beggars can't be choosers
People who can not choose what they will have, must accept what they get; if you are not in control, you must take what you can gel. * /We wanted to leave on the train in the morning but it doesn't go until afternoon, so we must go then. Beggars can't he choosers./ * /Mary got a red dress from her sister, although she didn't like red. She kept it because she said beggars should not be choosers./ Compare: LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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