one and the same

Identical, as in Gloria's grandfather had been, at one and the same time, a physician at the court and a general in the army. This expression is an emphatic form of “the same.” [Mid-1800s]

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Contemporary Examples of one and the same

  • Mom and daughter are often referred to as one-and-the-same (as in “They like...”) and work hand in glove together.

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