cancel each other out

cancel each other out

Of two things, to negate or offset one another. Because my husband and I support different political parties, our votes for president always end up canceling each other out. Neither team has an advantage in net—they both have stellar goalies that ultimately cancel each other out.
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cancel each other out

[for the opposite effects of two things] to balance each other. The cost of the meal you bought and what I owed you cancel each other out, so we're even. They canceled out each other.
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Each team's stars look to shine or cancel each other out so it will also come down to which bench can be more productive.
Some computational paths reinforce one another, while others cancel each other out, and the computer generates the answer in short order.