I am wondering if there is a literary term for the following types of sentences:

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going."

"Money doesn't make you, you make money."

In these phases, the words "going" and "tough" appear twice in the first sentence and "money" and "you"appear twice in the second sentence.

Linked phrases? Contrasting phrases.


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This is Antimetabole:

Antimetabole is the repetition of a clause, with reversed wording in the second clause.

We eat to live, not live to eat.
Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. -- J.F.Kennedy
It is not even the beginning of the end but is perhaps, the end of the beginning -- Winston Churchill

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