(as) broad as it is long
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British pronunciation/az bɹˈɔːd ˌazɪtˌɪz lˈɒŋ/
American pronunciation/æz bɹˈɔːd ˌæzɪtˌɪz lˈɑːŋ/
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used for saying that choosing out of the two possible options is not really going to make a difference as the result will be the same either way

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What is the origin of the idiom "as broad as it is long" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "as broad as it is long" can be traced back to the 17th century in England. It is believed to have originated as a rural saying or proverb used to describe a situation where two things are equal in measurement, particularly when comparing the width and height of an object. Over time, the phrase evolved to be used metaphorically to describe situations where two choices or options are equally balanced or comparable in terms of outcome or consequence. It is often employed when discussing dilemmas, decision-making processes, or comparing alternatives that appear to have similar advantages or disadvantages.

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