A choice that is so favorable on one side that it somewhat forces you to pick the favorable one.


"If you choose option A everyone will die or choose B to save everyone (with a small chance of killing you)."

More specifically I'm talking about someone giving you a choice (whether you like it or not), and while technically it is a choice, you feel like you don't actually have a choice (it was forced upon you), like my example.

  • A lop-sided choice. – GEdgar Nov 28 '18 at 22:35
  • You might be looking for something like a "forgone conclusion" but how will any real Answer not be about style or personal choice? If the Question was really about the language as such, why would it not respond to your thesauruses or search engines? – Robbie Goodwin Nov 28 '18 at 23:36
  • Either way, could you make that Question more clear? Could you post three or four of the options you considered, with the arguments for and against each? – Robbie Goodwin Nov 29 '18 at 21:40

This isn't quite identical, but it's similar to a "Hobson's choice":

A Hobson's choice is a free choice in which only one thing is offered. Because a person may refuse to accept what is offered, the two options are taking it or taking nothing. In other words, one may "take it or leave it". The phrase is said to have originated with Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), a livery stable owner in Cambridge, England, who offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in his stall nearest to the door or taking none at all.

(From Wikipedia)

  • It is very similar, but I'm looking for this, but while you technically have a choice your somewhat forced to pick one over the other (like my example). – Matt Maillet Nov 28 '18 at 21:58

A choice that is "heavily favorable to one side" could be described as...

one-sided : adjective unfairly giving or dealing with only one side of a contentious issue or question; biased or partial.


This is only suitable when the person giving you such a chance stands to benefit from the situation: heads I win, tails you lose


heads I win, tails you lose
A humorous statement meaning "No matter what the outcome is, I still win or benefit." Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun.

It's a classic heads-I-win-tails-you-lose setup: the oil companies want individuals to lease their land with the promise of interest paid—but only if there is a sizable discovery over a certain threshold, failing which the individual is responsible for dealing with a plot of land devastated by the drilling with nothing to show for it.

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