The less unpleasant of two poor choices
The expression appears in ancient Greek and was in use in English by the 1300s. For example, Chaucer used it in Troilus and Cressida.
"Of harmes two, the lesse is for to cheses".
Chaucer, Troilus & Criseyde, ~1374.
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