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It takes one to know one.

Posted by ESC on May 09, 2002

In Reply to: It takes one to know one. posted by R. Berg on May 08, 2002

: : : : Hello again,
: : : : What does "It takes one to know one"? Can you put it in context to make it clear? What other phrases or idioms are similar to the above one? Does "it takes one to know one" derrogative? Thanks for your help.

: : : It is usually used in a mocking or derogative way. "He says that Steve, of all people, is a complete idiot." "Well it takes one to know one."

: : Here is another phrase: "He says that Steve, of all people, is a complete idiot." "Well, that's the pot calling the kettle black."

: Two more equivalent phrases:
: "Look who's talking."
: "YOU should talk!"

IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE - "Only a person with identical character traits would be able to recognize those traits in someone else. Often used as a curt rejoinder to deflect an accusation; you're only saying that about me because it's true of you. Originated in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century." From Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).

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