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"cut from the same cloth"

Posted by Smokey Stover on December 03, 2005

In Reply to: "Cut from the same cloth" posted by Sue Gilligan on December 02, 2005

: "cut from the same cloth"
: Meaning and/or origin please

In a comparison to two individuals (usually men, as it happens), it means that they resemble each other closely in certain essential characteristics. They aren't wholly alike, but being "cut from the same cloth," thay have the same essential characteristics. Those characteristics can be either good or bad. It started when most adults either cut cloth or had the opportunity to see it being cut. Nowadays only a certain small fraction of women actually ask for cloth to be cut for them. SS