if you've seen one (something), you've seen them all

if you've seen one (something), you've seen them all

All of these things are exactly alike; experiencing one of these things is enough to know what everything else of its kind will be like. Verbs other than "seen" are often used, such as "heard," "read," etc. I prefer dramas, if I'm honest. If you've seen one action movie, you've seen them all, as far as I'm concerned. I've never understood the appeal of all these different boy bands—if you've heard one, you've heard them all.
See also: all, if, one, seen
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seen one, seen them all, if/when you've

They are all the same. This world-weary assertion was being made by the early nineteenth century. Mark Twain used it in Innocents Abroad (1869), “To me it seemed that when I had seen one of these martyrs I had seen them all.” See also been there, done that.
See also: if, seen
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