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SanityClause · 07/12/2015 07:13

This phrase is not synonymous with the word "win" on its own.

It means that it is a good thing for both parties. That is, both people "win".

Hence "win - win".


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CuttedUpPear · 07/12/2015 07:17

What is the context it's being used in that grates on you?

Wishes this topic was in the compulsory zone

AnyoneButSanta · 07/12/2015 07:23

Can also mean a situation in which you win in two different ways (esp humourously where one of those ways might conventionally be seen as a downside (eg "the veg box company couldn't deliver my mung beans for dinner so they refunded me double my money to make up for the disappointment and I had to go to Maccy Ds instead"). Or a situation where each of the two possible outcomes has an upside for you eg your national team is in the World Cup final against the team you drew in the office sweepstake.

But it is not synonymous with an extra big win.

AnyoneButSanta · 07/12/2015 07:24

TBF I've never seen it to mean "extra big win"

SanityClause · 07/12/2015 09:10

No, I see it on here all the time to mean win (as proposed to "extra big win")

I posted because I saw it (once more) on a thread meaning exactly that.

The poster was suggesting that if one partner took over the other's chores because they were not doing them efficiently, then the second (lazy) partner would get what they wanted, i.e. They would win.

The poster said "it's win win for him".

It's not win win for him. It's a win for him.

Win win would be if they swapped chores to each do something they liked, so it was all done more efficiently, or something like that. i.e. A win for everybody.

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