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I was wondering how different "in one way or the other" is from "in one way or another."

My take on this has always been that they are identical in meaning.

Am I right on this?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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I agree -

We'll make it one way or the other. We'll make it one way or another. It's not that there are really one two ways (the way, and the "other" way) - it just means "We'll find a way to make it work."
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Now, [6] you have a song running through my head: "One way...or another...I'm gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha...one way...or another". [getcha = get you]. Sung by Blondie, among others.
Grammar GeekI agree -

We'll make it one way or the other. We'll make it one way or another. It's not that there are really one two ways (the way, and the "other" way) - it just means "We'll find a way to make it work."


Hi GG,

Can I use 'somehow' instead of 'one way or the other' in 'We'll make it one way or the other'?

"We'll make it somehow."

Is there any difference in meaning between the two expressions here?

Thank you very much.
The only difference to me is that when you say "one way or another/the other" you are showing your determination to make it work. If you say "somehow" it may sound a little more uncertain, a little more hopeless.
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Hi, GG,

Could you tell me what the sentence means?

"One way or the other, he always seems to win."

Thank you very much for your help.
He does whatever is necessary to win (even when it looks like others should). It could be said admiringly, or it could be said contemptuously, implying that his "one way or another" techniques are not always fair, kind, or honest.
Hi, GG,

Many thanks for your kind help.

I have one more question about the sentence here:

Does the speaker not know how the person (he) always wins or the person himself doesn't know how he always wins?
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