six of one, half a dozen of the other

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six of one, half a dozen of the other

  1. (idiomatic) The two alternatives are equivalent or indifferent; it doesn't matter which one we choose.
  2. (idiomatic, of two people) Equally involved; equally responsible



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  • "six of one, half a dozen of the other" The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 3rd ed., edited by E. D. Hirsch, Jr., et al. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002, →ISBN
  • "[1]" The Clockmaker, or the Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slicksville, First Series in 1836
  • "[2] W.T. Brande, Esq., Analysis of the Inflammable Gaseous Compounds resulting from the Destructive Distillation of Coal and Oil; with some Remarks on their relative Heating and Illuminating Powers, The Edinburgh Gazette, 1820.