you pays your money and you takes your choice

Both pays and takes are non-standard, colloquial forms.

1846 Punch X. 16 ‘Which is the Prime Minister?’.. ‘Which ever you please, my little dear. You pays your money, and you takes your choice.’

1904 V. S. LEAN Collectanea IV. 205 You pays your money and you takes your choice. You pays your money and what you sees is A cow or a donkey just as you pleases.

2001 Washington Post Book World 23 Dec. 11 Which is the right answer? You pays your money, as another saying goes, and you takes your choice.


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  • you pays your money and you takes your choice — you pays your money and you takes your chance/choice/informal phrase used for saying that you must be willing to accept that something may not be as good as you expected it to be Thesaurus: ways of emphasizing how good or bad something issynonym… …   Useful english dictionary

  • You pays your money (and you takes your choice). — You pays your money (and you takes your choice). informal something that you say which means each person has to make their own decisions in a situation, because no decision is more correct than any other. You can go by motorway, which is quicker …   New idioms dictionary

  • you pays your money and you takes your choice — You pays your money and you takes your choice is used when people have to make choices that could result in them winning or losing it is their decision and responsibility …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • you pays your money and you takes your chance — you pays your money and you takes your chance/choice/informal phrase used for saying that you must be willing to accept that something may not be as good as you expected it to be Thesaurus: ways of emphasizing how good or bad something issynonym… …   Useful english dictionary

  • money — moneyless, adj. /mun ee/, n., pl. moneys, monies, adj. n. 1. any circulating medium of exchange, including coins, paper money, and demand deposits. 2. See paper money. 3. gold, silver, or other metal in pieces of convenient form stamped by public …   Universalium

  • money */*/*/ — UK [ˈmʌnɪ] / US noun [uncountable] Metaphor: Money is like food, which gets eaten or is shared out. The same idea is used to talk about other types of resource. They didn t get a fair share/slice of the cake/pie. ♦ The rent takes a large bite out …   English dictionary

  • money — mon|ey [ mʌni ] noun uncount *** what you earn, save, invest and use to pay for things. Money can be kept in a bank, where it can earn interest. If you have a bank account, you can pay for things with a check: No, I can t come, I haven t got any… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • choice — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Act of choosing Nouns 1. choice, option, selection, determination, pick, discretion; preference, predilection, fancy, penchant; choosiness, discrimination; volition, desire; adoption, judgment; triage;… …   English dictionary for students

  • money — see money can’t buy happiness money has no smell money isn’t everything money is power money is the root of all evil money, like manure, does no good till it is spread …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • choice — see you pays your money and you takes your choice small choice in rotten apples …   Proverbs new dictionary

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