All the same

identical with what is about to be or has just been mentioned:
this street is the same one we were on yesterday.
being one or identical though having different names, aspects, etc.:
these are the same rules though differently worded.
agreeing in kind, amount, etc.; corresponding:
two boxes of the same dimensions.
unchanged in character, condition, etc.:
it’s the same town after all these years.
the same person or thing.
the same kind or category of thing:
you’re having steak? i’ll have the same, but very rare.
the very person, thing, or set just mentioned:
sighted sub sank same.
the same, in the same manner; in an identical or similar way:
i see the same through your gl-sses as i do through mine.
all the same,

notwithstanding; nevertheless:
you don’t have to go but we wish you would, all the same.
of no difference; immaterial:
it’s all the same to me whether our team loses or wins.

just the same,

in the same manner.
it was a success, but it could easily have failed, just the same.

adjective the same
being the very one: she is wearing the same hat she wore yesterday

being the one previously referred to; aforesaid
(as noun): a note received about same

identical in kind, quant-ty, etc: two girls of the same age
(as noun): we’d like the same, please

unchanged in character or nature: his att-tude is the same as ever
all the same

also just the same. nevertheless; yet
immaterial: it’s all the same to me

in an identical manner

perhaps abstracted from old english swa same “the same as,” but more likely from old norse same, samr “same,” both from proto-germanic -sama- “same” (cf. old saxon, old high german, gothic sama, old high german samant, german samt “together, with,” gothic samana “together,” dutch zamelen “to collect,” german zusammen “together”), from pie -samos “same,” from root -sem- (1) “one,” also “as one” (adv.), “together with” (cf. sanskrit samah “even, level, similar, identical;” avestan hama “similar, the same;” greek hama “together with, at the same time,” h-m-s “one and the same,” homios “like, resembling,” homalos “even;” latin similis “like;” old irish samail “likeness;” old church slavonic samu “himself”).

old english had lost the pure form of the word; the modern word replaced synonymous ilk. as a pr-noun from c.1300. colloquial phrase same here as an exclamation of agreement is from 1895. same difference curious way to say “equal,” is attested from 1945.
also, all one. equally acceptable, making no difference. for example, if it’s all the same to you i’d prefer the blue car, or hot or cold, it’s all one to me. [ late 1700s ]
also, just the same. nevertheless, still. for example, john wants to stay another week, but i’m going home all the same, or even if you vote against it, this measure will p-ss just the same. [ c. 1800 ]

same difference
same here
same old story, the
same to you

also see:

all the same
amount to the same thing
at the same time
by the same token
cast in the same mold
great minds (run in the same channel)
in the same boat
in the same breath
in the same league
one and the same
on the same wavelength

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