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the lesser of two evils

the less unpleasant of two choices, neither of which is good: But allowing a criminal to go free is perhaps the lesser of two evils if the alternative is imprisoning an innocent person.
Translations of “the lesser of two evils”
in Chinese (Traditional) 兩害相權之輕者…
in Russian меньшее из двух зол…
in Turkish kötünün iyisi, ehvenişer…
in Chinese (Simplified) 两害相权之轻者…
in Polish mniejsze zło…
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