swings and roundabouts

Definition of swings and roundabouts

British, informal

  1. —used to say that two choices or situations are basically the same because they have an equal number of advantages and disadvantages It is a case of swings and roundabouts.

Word by Word Definitions

swingplay swings
  1. :  to cause to move vigorously through a wide arc or circle

    :  to cause to sway to and fro

    :  to cause to turn on an axis

  1. :  an act or instance of swinging :  swinging movement: such as

    :  a stroke or blow delivered with a sweeping arm movement

    :  a sweeping or rhythmic movement of the body or a bodily part

  1. :  of or relating to musical swing

    :  that may swing often decisively either way on an issue or in an election

roundaboutplay roundabouts
  1. :  circuitous, indirect

  1. :  a circuitous route :  detour

    :  merry-go-round

    :  a short close-fitting jacket worn by men and boys especially in the 19th century

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capable of being understood in two ways

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