it's swings and roundabouts

it's swings and roundabouts

  (British & Australian) also what you lose on the swings, you gain on the roundabouts (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 roundabouts. It's swings and roundabouts, really. If you save money by buying a house out of town, you pay more to travel to work.
See also: and, roundabout, swing
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We got a point we probably didn't expect against Portugal, so it's swings and roundabouts but we'd rather be sitting here with two home wins.
We got a point we probably didn't expect to have when we drew in Portugal, so it's swings and roundabouts, but we'd rather be sitting here with two wins from the home games.
It's swings and roundabouts at work, but roundabouts make you sick and swings are just as bad so what's the answer?
I was only out of the team through getting an injury myself, but it's swings and roundabouts and that's how it happens.
The drugs budget was underspent, "so it's swings and roundabouts," she trilled.
Elsewhere, it's swings and roundabouts on the romance front.
However, Moore said: "We only won by a neck last year so I suppose it's swings and roundabouts," he said.
We fell out but, hey ho, it's swings and roundabouts and it's a new gaffer now, a new year, so hopefully I can kick on.
But i've been around the block in Old Firm games long enough to know that it's swings and roundabouts.
He said: "I know that football changes very quickly and it's swings and roundabouts.
We may have lost money by not playing at a bigger venue but the money from Sky means it's swings and roundabouts.
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