Definition 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.