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swings and roundabouts

Definition of swings and roundabouts in English:

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]
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.
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