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amount to the same thing

To be essentially the same. The phrase usually implies that the difference between two things has no significant consequence. I don't care who started the fight, it all amounts to the same thing: you getting suspended from school. These different expenses all amount to the same thing: money coming out of my bank account.
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amount to the same thing

 and come to the same thing; add up to the same thing
Fig. to be the same [as something]. Borrowing can be the same as stealing. If the owner does not know what you have borrowed, it amounts to the same thing. With cars—whether they're red or blue—it comes to the same thing.
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amount to the same thing

Also, come to the same thing. Make no difference, be the same, as in Since it's supposed to rain all day, whether I go outdoors now or later will amount to the same thing , or Paying in cash or with a credit card, it comes to the same thing.
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aˌmount/ˌcome to the same ˈthing

it does not matter how something happens or is done, the result in the end is the same: Whether it was your fault or his fault, it still amounts to the same thing. My car’s wrecked.
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Current Al-Rayyan players, the Dutch football twins Frank and Ronald de Boer, tweeted in support of Qatar and against what they also described as a "blockade." Also, former Real Madrid and a current Qatar-based Al-Sadd keeper Iker Casillas amounted to the same thing in a previous tweet he shared a few days earlier, which the Spanish star later deleted.
Every time they got hold of the ball, it seemed England were in a rush to get rid of it, or at least try to force something to happen, which ultimately amounted to the same thing. Wayne Rooney did not appear fit.
It all amounted to the same thing. Shaking his muddled head, he couldn't quite rid himself of the feeling that the discovery of Soraya's bisexuality - not to mention Claudia's - wasn't the only shocker of the evening.
Patriots were 4-1 underdogs but Brady was 10-1 to be MVP (most valuable player) and in my book they amounted to the same thing. Happy days.
ORLANDO ShowEast 2001 was part exhib-industry pep rally and part business as usual -- which somehow amounted to the same thing.
LaGuardia's legatees feared them morally and materially, which amounted to the same thing in their fragile neighborhood ecologies.
Three of the four amounted to the same thing: testing whether the reputed demoniac had superhuman powers attributable only to a devil.
For in their analyses, it all amounted to the same thing. All served the same supreme end.
Of course, it hadn't been alcohol that had done for Kev, it had been LSD, but when you looked at these things close up, they all amounted to the same thing: getting off your face.
With no examination--or what amounted to the same thing, the widely used credentials exams which do not differentiate very well--why not pick friends or relatives?" The result, the former director says, is that more than "90 percent of the mid-to-upper level positions are filled by one employee requesting another by name." The merit system is thus one of Washington's purest forms of make-believe.