British A situation in which different actions or options result in no eventual gain or loss.
[from the phrase to gain on the swings and lose on the roundabouts]
More example sentences
- My individual record this season has been pretty good as I've certainly won more than I've lost, but like any sport it's all swings and roundabouts.
- Given that the council makes something like in excess of £2 million from off-street car parks, and that income has gone up, I think there's an element of swings and roundabouts.
- It's all about swings and roundabouts at the end of the day, and although we would like to see more volume everybody finds themselves in the same position.