Meaning of swings and roundabouts in English:

swings and roundabouts

Translate swings and roundabouts into Spanish


  • A situation in which different actions or options result in no eventual gain or loss.

    ‘My individual record this season has been pretty good as I've certainly won more than I've lost, but like any sport it's all swings and roundabouts.’
    • ‘Given that the council makes something like in excess of £2 million from off-street car parks, and that income has gone up, I think there's an element of swings and roundabouts.’
    • ‘It's all about swings and roundabouts at the end of the day, and although we would like to see more volume everybody finds themselves in the same position.’
    • ‘It's a case of swings and roundabouts where prejudice is concerned.’
    • ‘It's a game of swings and roundabouts but there's not a bookie in the business who would claim to be behind at the moment.’
    • ‘But surely it is a case of swings and roundabouts.’
    • ‘But it is swings and roundabouts, and we have spent some fairly miserable weeks digging rain-swept car parks and damp, dark caves.’
    • ‘It tends to be swings and roundabouts really - sometimes I will be busy writing and other times I concentrate on designing websites.’
    • ‘Then again, I don't pay for bandwidth, so I guess it's swings and roundabouts really.’
    • ‘I don't want to have to, but it's swings and roundabouts.’


    From the phrase to gain on the swings and lose on the roundabouts.