Meaning of “what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts” in the English Dictionary

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"what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts" in British English

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what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts

also it's swings and roundabouts UK saying

said to mean that the positive and negative results of a situation or action balance each other:

"The route through town would be shorter, but there'll be more traffic." "Well, it's just swings and roundabouts."

(Definition of “what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)