it's six of one and half a dozen of the other

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of it's six of one and half a dozen of the other

chiefly British, informal
used to say that one does not see any real difference between two possible choices

Word by Word Definitions

it play
  1. : that one — compare he, its, she, they

  2. used as subject of an impersonal verb that expresses a condition or action without reference to an agent

  3. used with many verbs as a direct object with little or no meaning

  1. : the player in a game who performs the principal action of the game (such as trying to find others in hide-and-seek)

six play
  1. : a number that is one more than five — see Table of Numbers

  2. : the sixth in a set or series

  3. : something having six units or members: such as

half play
  1. : either of two equal parts that compose something

  2. : half an hour

  3. : one of a pair: such as

  1. : being one of two equal parts

  2. : that is approximately equal to either of two equal parts that compose something : amounting to approximately half

  3. : falling short of the full or complete thing : partial

  1. : in an equal part or degree

  2. : not completely : partially

  3. : by any means : at all

dozen play
  1. : a group of 12

  2. : an indefinitely large number

  3. : a ritualized word game that consists of exchanging insults usually about the members of the opponent's family

other play
  1. : being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included

  2. : being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or implied

  3. : second

  1. : one that remains of two or more

  2. : a thing opposite to or excluded by something else

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : one of two that remains

  2. : each preceding one

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : otherwise

  1. : to treat or consider (a person or a group of people) as alien to oneself or one's group (as because of different racial, sexual, or cultural characteristics)


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