swings and roundabouts
Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- (idiomatic, UK) Gains and losses that offset each other.
- If, in order to save money, you never buy a parking ticket, you are more likely to get fined, so it's all swings and roundabouts really.
- Whether we pick up Mary first and then John or John first and then Mary is a matter of swings and roundabouts.
- What you gain on the swings, you will lose on the roundabouts.