six of one, half a dozen of the other

The alternatives are the same: “I can take the bus or the subway to get home; during rush hour, it's six of one, half a dozen of the other.” The phrase, which is sometimes inverted as “half a dozen of one, six of the other,” is merely two ways of expressing the number six.


Nearby words

  1. six day war,
  2. six feet under,
  3. six nations,
  4. six nations championship,
  5. six o'clock swill,
  6. six sigma,
  7. six-day war,
  8. six-eight time,
  9. six-finger country,
  10. six-footer

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Idioms and Phrases with six of one, half a dozen of the other

six of one, half a dozen of the other

The two alternatives are the same, as in Either Route 2 or Long Avenue will get you there—it's six of one, half a dozen of the other. This term simply equates two different ways of saying “six.” [First half of 1800s]

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