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pay your money and take your choice

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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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