Buridan's Ass


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Buridan’s Ass

 

ASS, a story ascribed to Buridan about a don-key that could not decide between two absolutely identical piles of hay and was doomed to starvation by his indecision. Metaphorically, an indecisive person.

Buridan’s ass

placed exactly between two equal haystacks, could not decide which to turn to in his hunger. [Fr. Philos.: Brewer Dictionary, 154]
See: Dilemma
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