swings and roundabouts

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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
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MORPETH PARK Picnics galore, down Morpeth Park Kids by the dozen, all eager to take part Ice cream and doughnuts all in a row Counting the ducks on the river below Rowing boats a plenty, pretty birds flying high So much to see, as we look to the sky 'Painted Penguins' circling right round the pool Mouths all wide open awaiting the food Sweet sounds of laughter and kids having fun The giant hill slide that is second to none Roundabouts and swings, climbing frame and sand pit A fun day out and not to be missed
The products enable youngsters in wheelchairs to play on roundabouts and swings alongside and at the same time as other children.
We all remember when we were kids and went along to play on slides, roundabouts and swings, but can the kids of today do that in safety?
The special needs school is looking to raise about pounds 10,000 for specialist roundabouts and swings to enable its pupils in wheelchairs to join in the thrills during break times.