To be the same or nearly the same as something else, especially after consideration. When you get down to it, downloading pirated music for free online and stealing CDs from a store really come to the same thing.See also: come, same, thing
aˌmount/ˌcome to the same ˈthing
it does not matter how something happens or is done, the result in the end is the same: Whether it was your fault or his fault, it still amounts to the same thing. My car’s wrecked.See also: amount, come, same, thing
come to the same thing, to
To make no difference. “It all comes to the same thing at the end,” wrote Robert Browning (“Any Wife to Her Husband,” 1842), the words of a dying wife concerning the likelihood that her widowed husband will remarry. It also has been put as amount to or add up to the same thing.See also: come, sameSee also:
Idiom(s): amount to the same thing AND come to the same thing
to be the same as something. • Borrowing can be the same as stealing. If the owner does not know what you have borrowed, it amounts to the same thing. • Beer, wine. They come to the same thing if you drink and drive.