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 a thief to catch a thief , meaning “no one is better at finding a wrongdoer than another wrongdoer.” First recorded in 1665, it remains current.
- 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 […]
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).
[it-ee-bit-ee] /ˈɪt iˈbɪt i/ adjective, Informal. 1. very small; tiny. adjective See itty adjective Tiny; esp, small and cute; little bitty, teensy-weensy: I can’t find even an ittybitty scrap of paper to show who these Wunderkinds are [late 1930s+; fr baby talk]
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