By the Same Token

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Meaning

By the same token: in the same way, following the same argument, or for the same reason.

Usage

"I understand that you want Mike to apologize but, by the same token, you said some pretty nasty things to him."

"Business is not increasing but, by the same token, it's not decreasing, either."

"The congressman was quick to mention the fact that the allegations against him couldn't be proven. But, by the same token, they couldn't be disproven."

Origin

Used since at least the 1830's.

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