one and the same

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one and the same

Identical, as in Gloria's grandfather had been, at one and the same time, a physician at the court and a general in the army. This expression is an emphatic form of "the same." [Mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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