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what you lose on the swings, you gain on the roundabouts

The losses, setbacks, or negative aspects of a certain situation are offset or balanced by equally advantageous or positive elements, or vice versa. (The formation of the phrase can also be reversed.) Primarily heard in UK. This promotion has meant I can provide for my family much more easily, but it's so demanding that I don't see them all that much—what you gain on the swings, you lose on the roundabouts. People here complain about the high level of taxes, but what you lose on the swings, you gain on the roundabouts—if I were to go into the hospital tomorrow for a major operation, I wouldn't pay a thing.
See also: gain, lose, on, roundabout

swings and roundabouts

A situation in which certain gains, advantages, or other positive aspects or outcomes are offset or balanced by equally disadvantageous losses, setbacks, or negative outcomes (or vice versa). Primarily heard in UK. This promotion has meant I can provide for my family much more easily, but it's so demanding that I don't see them all that much—it's swings and roundabouts, really. The government needs to be wary of the swings and roundabouts of a slight surplus in the budget, because many problems can follow on the heels of unfettered increases in spending.
See also: and, roundabout, swing

say something in a roundabout way

to imply something without saying it; to say something indirectly; to speak using circumlocution. Why don't you say what you mean? Why do you always say something in a roundabout way? What did she mean? Why did she say it in a roundabout way?
See also: roundabout, say, way

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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Roundabout creates an environment to share those histories so others can discover and enjoy them.
We also felt it contravened highway and traffic regulations, and voiced our objections when neighbouring North Tyneside Council began selling advertising space on their roundabouts some years ago.
So far, the wait to enter a Conway roundabout is virtually non-existent during non-rush hours and usually less than five seconds during peak traffic times, Townsell said.
says that a manager of the grocery store near the roundabout reports, "There have been absolutely no complaints from our customers, just the opposite; everyone finds the traffic to be moving much smoother in and out of our store parking lot and the surrounding roads.
A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said one lane was closed from the Posthouse roundabout to Belgrave Road roundabout, and at the Pulford roundabout off Belgrave Road.
I have to say in the highway department's defence that the need to reacquaint oneself with low gears there is far more attractive than the rubber burning "do or die" spirit needed to survive Gabalfa roundabout.
Ms Alen was found on the Couse Bridge roundabout on the Outer Ring Road shortly after midnight yesterday.
At second roundabout, turn right, at third roundabout go straight across and at fourth roundabout turn left.
Police started moving along King Faisal Highway towards the roundabout, which the government is referring to by its proper name - GCC Roundabout - at 5.
The roundabout has never had a lick ofwater since it has been erected.
Small Heath-born Kevin Beresford, aged 57, is president of the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society (UKRAS) whose 30 members meet once a month at the Bramley Cottage pub, in Redditch, to swap photos and anecdotes.
The city's only multilane roundabout, located at Martin Luther King Jr.
He took the celeb to witness the wonder of a roundabout close to Cannon Hill Park.
Rhymer's Roundabout, on Wortley Road, was yesterday named Roundabout of the Year by the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society.