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could just as well

A phrase used to discuss an alternative that would have been as unpleasant as what actually happened. My book report got such a bad grade that I could just as well have handed nothing in.
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used to say that you/somebody would have been in the same position if you had done something else, because you got little benefit or enjoyment from what you did do: The weather was so bad we might just as well have stayed at home.
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