Meaning of Morton's Fork in English:

Morton's Fork


  • 1An argument used by John Morton in demanding gifts for the royal treasury: if a man lived well he was obviously rich and if he lived frugally then he must have savings.

    ‘But he is remembered by English schoolboys as the author of Morton's Fork, which worked like this.’
    • ‘Allow me to introduce you to Morton's Fork, with which you may not be acquainted.’
    • ‘The King employed the bishop as one of his most efficient tax collectors; he was the Morton of Morton's fork.’
    1. 1.1A dilemma, especially one in which both choices are equally undesirable.