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all the same

1. Equally desirable or acceptable. Typically said when choosing between multiple options. If it's all the same to you, I'd rather stay home tonight.
2. Very similar or identical. This phrase can be used literally or hyperbolically. These print-outs are all the same—how am I supposed to collate them? These stupid, poofy prom dresses are all the same! I want something different from the other girls at school.
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all the same (to someone)

 and just the same (to someone)
of no consequence to someone-one way or the other; [of a choice] immaterial to someone. It's all the same to me whether we win or lose. If it's just the same to you, I'd rather walk than ride. If it's all the same, I'd rather you didn't smoke.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

all the same

1. Also, all one. Equally acceptable, making no difference. For example, If it's all the same to you I'd prefer the blue car, or Hot or cold, it's all one to me. [Late 1700s]
2. Also, just the same. Nevertheless, still. For example, John wants to stay another week, but I'm going home all the same, or Even if you vote against it, this measure will pass just the same. [c. 1800]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ˌall/ˌjust the ˈsame

in spite of this; nevertheless: I don’t want a lift, but thanks all the same.‘You don’t need a raincoat! The weather’s fine!’ ‘All the same, I think I’ll take one; you never know.’
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