amount to the same thing

amount to the same thing

 and come to the same thing; add up to the same thing
Fig. to be the same [as something]. Borrowing can be the same as stealing. If the owner does not know what you have borrowed, it amounts to the same thing. With cars—whether they're red or blue—it comes to the same thing.
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amount to the same thing

also come to the same thing
to be nearly the same thing, after you consider it She wanted him to suffer and she wanted to punish him, which amounts to the same thing.
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amount to the same thing

Also, come to the same thing. Make no difference, be the same, as in Since it's supposed to rain all day, whether I go outdoors now or later will amount to the same thing , or Paying in cash or with a credit card, it comes to the same thing.
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Lewis argued that indeterminacy in personal identity allows caring about psychological connectedness and caring about personal identity to amount to the same thing.
David Cameron has not actually declared "don't hold your breath", but his latest words to those senior Tories and others calling for a second Commons vote on military action against Syria amount to the same thing.
This movement goes under different names - it is sometimes dubbed 'financial life planning' while others know it as 'holistic life planning' - but they amount to the same thing.
The Englishman, who has won eight of his past nine meetings with Van Gerwen, is 8-15 to continue that sizzling sequence - you can back him at 4-7 with Victor Chandler to wind up with the better average, which doesn't always amount to the same thing but is definitely a punt to consider.
Spending limits on cards of, say, pounds 5,000 or pounds 6,000 are handed out far more generously than personal loans - though they amount to the same thing - and companies are amazingly aggressive when even a first repayment is missed.
In other words, whether you sell to your son, or any third party, will amount to the same thing whereby the lender will have first call on the proceeds of sale.
It was also slammed by World Bankers Association and the Conservative Party, who amount to the same thing.
All too often, these amount to the same thing, because old folk have to choose between heating and eating, with tragic consequences.
Doesn't that amount to the same thing - belt-tightening which is putting lives as risk?
I think that we have to remember that in the business environment investment can take many forms; as well as capital, we must consider our people and we consider our processes, and in many cases these amount to the same thing.
Shared values" and "the notion of a common good" pretty much amount to the same thing in Obamaspeak.
They amount to the same thing in Ritchie's universe, where God does play at dice, because the only faith to be had rests in a hyperinformatics or game theory, via which any component can be recombined with every other, scribbled on or underwritten by reams of code that aren't meant to be deciphered.
This implies that reading and interpreting amount to the same thing, which makes sense, since the only way one could read and not be interpreting at the same time would be if it were possible to experience the narration in so unmediated a way that perceiving and comprehending would be one and the same, and this cannot be.
I'm more used to holding a book and reading that way, but I suppose it would amount to the same thing.
Another significant step forward is the court case, The Earl of Malmesbury v Strutt and Parker, decided in 2008, in which the judge considered that adoption of an unreasonable position during a mediation could amount to the same thing as an unreasonable refusal to mediate, and could be considered when deciding who should pay the costs.