it's swings and roundabouts

it's swings and roundabouts

The losses, setbacks, or negative aspects of a certain situation are cancelled out or balanced by equally advantageous or positive elements (or vice versa). Primarily heard in UK. This promotion has meant I can provide for my family much more easily, but it's so demanding that I don't see them all that much—it's swings and roundabouts, really. People here complain about the high level of taxes, but it's all just swings and roundabouts, because if I were to go into hospital tomorrow for a major operation, I wouldn't pay a thing.
See also: and, roundabout, swing
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We will pick up three points where we don't deserve to and we will drop points where we probably deserved to win, so it's swings and roundabouts.
It's swings and roundabouts. Or just roundabouts and roundabouts.
"It's swings and roundabouts. I guess it's about who is strongest.
"We got a point we probably didn't expect against Portugal, so it's swings and roundabouts but we'd rather be sitting here with two home wins.
"We got a point we probably didn't expect to have when we drew in Portugal, so it's swings and roundabouts, but we'd rather be sitting here with two wins from the home games.
"We all know that it's swings and roundabouts. Sometimes you go out and play and miss lots, the next time you nick the first ball you play a bad shot to," the 30-year-old said.
"It's swings and roundabouts," said Cope, "but I think we can give a good account of ourselves.
It's swings and roundabouts at work, but roundabouts make you sick and swings are just as bad so what's the answer?
"It's swings and roundabouts. I'll learn from my mistake and hopefully it won't happen again.
"I was only out of the team through getting an injury myself, but it's swings and roundabouts and that's how it happens."
The drugs budget was underspent, "so it's swings and roundabouts," she trilled.
Elsewhere, it's swings and roundabouts on the romance front.
However, Moore said: "We only won by a neck last year so I suppose it's swings and roundabouts," he said.
But it's swings and roundabouts. The one I bought would have lost the previous owners pounds 46,000.
"It's swings and roundabouts but nothing to go over the top about.
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