what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts
- A fairground metaphor used in a variety of forms.
1912 P. CHALMERS Green Days & Blue Days 19 What’s lost upon the roundabouts we pulls up on the swings.
1927 Times 24 Mar. 15 By screwing more money out of taxpayers he diminishes their savings, and the market for trustee securities loses on the swings what it gains on the roundabouts.
1978 G. MOORE Farewell Recital 129 There are compensations: what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts. And let’s face it, a cup of tea or a cup of coffee are all very well but they are not so much fun as polygamy.
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swings and roundabouts — A situation in which advantages and disadvantages cancel each other out • • • Main Entry: ↑swing * * * swings and roundabouts british informal phrase used for describing a situation that has advantages and disadvantages Thesaurus: partly good and … Useful english dictionary
swings and roundabouts — If something s swings and roundabouts, it has about as many disadvantages as it has advantages. (Dorking School Dictionary) *** This expression means that there are as many advantages as there are disadvantages, or what is lost in one… … English Idioms & idiomatic expressions
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it's swings and roundabouts — British & Australian, British & Australian something that you say to describe a situation in which there are as many advantages as there are problems. If you make more money, you have to pay more tax, so what we gain on the swings, we lose on the … New idioms dictionary
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swing — v. & n. v. (past and past part. swung) 1 intr. & tr. move or cause to move with a to and fro or curving motion, as of an object attached at one end and hanging free at the other. 2 intr. & tr. a sway. b hang so as to be free to sway. c oscillate… … Useful english dictionary
roundabout — see what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts … Proverbs new dictionary
swing — see what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts … Proverbs new dictionary