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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 ​negativeresults of a ​situation or ​actionbalance each other: "The ​route through ​town would be ​shorter, but there'll be more ​traffic." "Well, it's just ​swings and ​roundabouts."
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