All the Same

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History and Meaning

“All the same” is an idiomatic expression that dates back to the early 1600s. The phrase is used to express a sense of similarity or equivalence between two things, despite any differences that may exist. The phrase can also be used to convey a sense of indifference or apathy towards something.


  • “I’ve seen the movie before, but I’ll watch it again. It’s all the same to me.”
  • “Whether you take the bus or the train, it’s all the same. They both take the same amount of time.”

The phrase “all the same” is commonly used in spoken English, especially in casual conversation. It can be used to suggest that two things are equal in importance or that the speaker doesn’t have a preference between them. It can also be used to indicate that the speaker is not particularly concerned about the outcome of a situation.

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