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English definition of “the lesser of two evils”

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the lesser of two evils

something that is bad, but not as bad as something else: I had the choice of going with my parents to a concert or staying at my grumpy aunt's house – I chose my aunt's house as the lesser of two evils.
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…
(Definition of the lesser of two evils from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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