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It takes a thief to catch a thief

Only a thief knows how a thief thinks and acts.


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  • It takes getting used to

    One needs to become accustomed to something. For example, We’ve always had a small car, so driving a big van like this—well, it takes getting used to. This idiom employs used to in the sense of “accustomed to,” a usage dating from the first half of the 1500s.

  • It takes one to know one

    The person who expressed criticism has similar faults to the person being criticized. This classic retort to an insult dates from the early 1900s. For example, You say she’s a terrible cook? It takes one to know one! For a synonym, see pot calling the kettle black A near equivalent is the proverbial it takes […]

  • It takes two to tango

    Certain activities cannot be performed alone — such as quarreling, making love, and dancing the tango. sentence This cannot happen or have happened without more than one person; cooperation or connivance is indicated: It takes two to tango, said the mediator/ Now, it takes two to tango, but I still think it was more her […]

  • Itty

    adjective extremely small; also called itty-bitty adj. 1798, in a letter of Jane Austen, baby-talk form of little. Related: itty-bitty (1855); tiddy-itty (1852).

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