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be two sides of the same coin

To be two things that seem disparate but are actually related. I've always felt that environmentalism and human rights are actually two sides of the same coin.
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two sides of the same coin

Two things that seem disparate but are actually related. I've always felt that environmentalism and human rights are actually two sides of the same coin.
See also: coin, of, same, side, two
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

two sides of the same coin

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opposite sides of the same coin

If two things are two sides of the same coin or opposite sides of the same coin, they are closely related to each other and cannot be separated, even though they seem to be completely different. I've always felt that tragedy and comedy are two sides of the same coin. Love and hate are the opposite sides of the same coin. Compare with the other side of the coin.
See also: coin, of, same, side, two
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

two ˌsides of the same ˈcoin

used to talk about two ways of looking at the same situation: According to some people, great opportunity and great danger are two sides of the same coin.
See also: coin, of, same, side, two
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

two sides of the same coin

Two seemingly different things that are actually similar. In contrast to the other side of the coin, which does betoken a different side, this cliché emphasizes similarity—for example, “A talent for music and facility in mathematics are two sides of the same coin.”
See also: coin, of, same, side, two
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Karachi -- Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are two sides of the same coin .
Like death and resurrection, like our baptism, Paul's conversion and call are two sides of the same coin. Better yet, they are God's seamless and saving activity.
In the book, Integrating Corporate Risk Management, Shimpi and colleagues discuss how capital management and risk management have long been treated as separate parts in the overall discussion of corporate finance, even though they really are two sides of the same coin. The book presents a common risk--management frame-work --the "Insurative Model--which uses techniques that straddle both the insurance and capital markets.