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what you lose on the swings, you gain on the roundabouts

The losses, setbacks, or negative aspects of a certain situation are offset or balanced by equally advantageous or positive elements, or vice versa. (The formation of the phrase can also be reversed.) 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—what you gain on the swings, you lose on the roundabouts. People here complain about the high level of taxes, but what you lose on the swings, you gain on the roundabouts—if I were to go into the hospital tomorrow for a major operation, I wouldn't pay a thing.
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swings and roundabouts

A situation in which certain gains, advantages, or other positive aspects or outcomes are offset or balanced by equally disadvantageous losses, setbacks, or negative outcomes (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. The government needs to be wary of the swings and roundabouts of a slight surplus in the budget, because many problems can follow on the heels of unfettered increases in spending.
See also: and, roundabout, swing

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

say (something) in a roundabout (sort of) way

To imply or convey something in an indirect, vague, or evasive manner. I wish you would stop saying things in such a roundabout way and just make your point! Well, he didn't promise it to me outright—he said it in a roundabout sort of way.
See also: roundabout, say, way

say something in a roundabout way

to imply something without saying it; to say something indirectly; to speak using circumlocution. Why don't you say what you mean? Why do you always say something in a roundabout way? What did she mean? Why did she say it in a roundabout way?
See also: roundabout, say, way

swings and roundabouts

BRITISH
If you say that a situation is swings and roundabouts, you mean that there are as many advantages as there are disadvantages in it. There are good and bad points to both approaches — it's swings and roundabouts. You pay less for a property that's out of town but then, you pay more for petrol when you're travelling to work and back. Note: This expression comes from the proverb what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts. People sometimes use the full form of the proverb, or a variation of it. The United States will gain far more on the swings than it loses on the roundabouts.
See also: and, roundabout, swing

swings and roundabouts

a situation in which different actions or options result in no eventual gain or loss. British
This expression comes from the proverbial saying you lose on the swings what you gain on the roundabouts .
1983 Penelope Lively Perfect Happiness I have always reckoned on a fair share of that— swings and roundabouts, rough with smooth.
See also: and, roundabout, swing

ˌswings and ˈroundabouts

(British English, informal) used when you want to say that gaining one thing usually means losing another thing: Higher earnings mean more tax, so it’s all swings and roundabouts.What you gain on the swings you’ll probably lose on the roundabouts.
Swings and roundabouts are both types of equipment found at a fairground.
See also: and, roundabout, swing
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And because vehicles move slower within and when entering and exiting the roundabout, both drivers and pedestrians have a better chance to react to avoid collisions.
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| Widening the road into the Cobalt park from the northern access roundabout to provide two southbound lanes.
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Motorists who are travelling alone on the southbound M606 are now able to travel onto the eastbound carriageway of the M62 at junction 26 using the 2+ lane, avoiding the roundabout and traffic lights.
The Bromford Lane/A47 roundabout in the north east of the city saw nine crashes, injuring a total 11 people, while there were seven crashes at Hockley Circus, injuring a total of 15 people.
It reveals that the Langmuir Road/Coatbridge Road/ Gartcosh Road roundabout in Bargeddie - along with Sheriffhall roundabout near Edinburgh and the Bellfield Interchange in Kilmarnock - were the worst for accidents in the country, with five taking place at each.
In fourth was the roundabout between Murdishaw Avenue and the Southern Expressway in Runcorn, according to the study by CheshireLive.
It was followed by the Western Avenue-Hanger Lane roundabout in Hanger Hill, nearEaling.