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pay your money and take your choice

Also, you pays your money and takes your choice. Since you're paying, it's your decision, as in We can take the train or the bus—you pays your money and takes your choice. This term first appeared in the English humor magazine Punch in the mid-1800s and has been repeated ever since.

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Nearby words

pay stub, pay television, pay the piper, pay through the nose, pay up, pay your money and take your choice, pay-and-display, pay-as-you-go, pay-as-you-throw, pay-in, pay-per-click
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