Definition of six of one and half a dozen of the other in English:

six of one and half a dozen of the other

phrase

  • Used to convey that there is little real difference between two alternatives.

    ‘you blame me, I blame you—it was six of one and half a dozen of the other’
    • ‘On some issues of conscience it is six of one and half a dozen of the other.’
    • ‘It sounds like six of one and half a dozen of the other when it comes to deciding which option is more tax-efficient.’
    • ‘The trouble is that it always seems to be a case of six of one and half a dozen of the other.’
    • ‘It's six of one and half a dozen of the other for Harry.’
    • ‘I think they both have their traumatic aspects and they both have their good aspects, about six of one and half a dozen of the other.’
    • ‘I made numerous trips to the school where I had to pre-book an appointment with the head only to be told it had been dealt with or that it was six of one and half a dozen of the other.’
    • ‘When we viewed their offer it was six of one and half a dozen of the other.’
    • ‘The solicitor went on: ‘In many ways it was six of one and half a dozen of the other.’’