one and the same


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one and the same

Cliché the very same person or thing. John Jones and J. Jones are one and the same. Men's socks and men's stockings are almost one and the same.
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one and the same

the same person or thing The villain and hero look like different actors, but they're really one and the same. Art and science were almost one and the same until the Renaissance.
See also: and, one, same

one and the same

Identical, as in Gloria's grandfather had been, at one and the same time, a physician at the court and a general in the army . This expression is an emphatic form of "the same." [Mid-1800s]
See also: and, one, same