much of a muchness

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much of a muchness

  1. (idiomatic) Of two or more things, having little difference of any significance between them.
    • 1819, The London Literary Gazette and Journal of Belles Lettres, Arts, Sciences, Etc, page 683:
      As to any existing dearth of materials for comedy, I hold it to be merely imaginary; for I believe that on a fair comparison, the manners and morals of the present age and those of the past, would prove much of a muchness.
    • 1850, James Fenimore Cooper, The Ways of the Hour, 2010, facsimile edition: Precaution / The Ways of the Hour, page 30:
      “He was not,” answered a juror. “Old Peter Goodwin could not have been more than five feet five, and Dorothy was all of that, I should think. When they came to meeting together, they looked much of a muchness.”
    • 1926 October 2, Henry Ford, W. J. Cameron (editors), Chats with Office Callers, Dearborn Independent Magazine October 1925-December 1926, page 28:
      In fact, he said, in spite of all efforts to lift the popular taste, things were much of a muchness with the old days when in popular novels the villain, had to be foiled, the hero had to triumph and the lovers had to be united.
    • 1987 March 30, John Simon, Theater: Railway Disaster, New York, page 97:
      The songs are much of a muchness (or littleness), all sounding forgettably alike.
    • 2000, Patrick Whitefield, How To Make A Forest Garden, Permanent Publications, UK, page 13:
      There are small trees and large shrubs which are much of a muchness, and it may not be possible to say whether an individual plant is a tall member of the shrub layer or a short tree.
    • 2000, Steve Bruce, Sociology: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, page 80:
      There were many legislative and political battles to be fought before the fundamental idea that all people were much of a muchness was translated into a culture of equal rights for all, but gradually rights were extended from landowners, to rich men, to not so rich men, to all men, and then to women.

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