Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

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– Idiom / Proverb / Idiomatic

This expression means you have two alternatives that are equivalent or indifferent; or, it doesn’t matter which one your choose because they are really the same.

The expression comes from the fact that half a dozen is an expression that means six. Supposedly, the earliest known use of the expression occurred in a journal kept by a British naval officer, Ralph Clark, in 1790.

In this case, what happens if you keep talking about two alternatives in a different ways, you might end up with more alternatives, or maybe something else perhaps?


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