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what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

If something is good, acceptable, or beneficial for one person, it is or should be equally so for another person or persons as well. Well I guess if you are entitled to stay out until all hours, then I'll do the same. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, right?
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What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

Prov. What is good for one person is good for another.; What is good for the man in a couple is good for the woman. Jane: You're overweight; you should get more exercise. Alan: But I don't really have time to exercise. Jane: When I was overweight, you told me to exercise; what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
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what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

OLD-FASHIONED
People say what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander when they are arguing that a rule that applies to one person should apply to others, because people should be treated equally. If a man can marry someone twenty years younger than him, why can't a woman? What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
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what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

what is appropriate in one case is also appropriate in the other case in question. proverb
This expression is often used as a statement that what is right or wrong for one sex is right or wrong for the other as well. John Ray , who was the first to record this saying (in his English Proverbs of 1670 ), remarked ‘This is a woman's Proverb’.
1998 New Scientist What is sauce for the US goose is sauce for the Iraqi gander!
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what’s ˌsauce for the ˌgoose is ˌsauce for the ˈgander

(old-fashioned, saying) if one partner in a marriage or relationship can behave in a particular way, then the other partner should also be allowed to behave in this way: If she can go out with her friends, why can’t I? What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
A gander is a male goose.
See also: gander, goose, sauce
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What's sauce for the goose should also be sauce for the gander.
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As this magazine pointed out to the handful of NGOs who bothered to complain to us, however, what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander as well: NZ mosques have invited Islamic hate preachers to preach here, and no one in the liberal media has rushed to demand answers over that, not one.
A clear case of what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
After all, what's sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander, as the saying goes.
Fair's fair Colin, and what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
But what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, and growth in Ireland's smaller airports has seen journey times slashed as flights pour in from all around the UK.
Surely what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander?
One man's meat is another man's poison; but what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
What's sauce for the goose, in this case Boston Chicken, should be sauce for the gander.
What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, and Clinton is nothing but nakedly hypocritical in using Chelsea as an image-enhancer while falsely bellyaching about the much more dignified (even toadying) article in People.
What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander and if a majority of those voting is enough for a powerful figure such as a Premier, it should suffice for a trade union ballot.
What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander as far as Taz Jones, pictured, is concerned.
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