it takes two to tango

it takes two to tango
both people involved in a bad situation are responsible for it.

“She blames Tracy for stealing her husband.” “Well, it takes two to tango.”

Etymology: based on the literal meaning of tango (= a South American dance for two people)

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  • Takes Two to Tango — is a popular song written by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning and published in 1952.Two versions of the song, by Pearl Bailey and by Louis Armstrong, charted in 1952.The recording by Pearl Bailey was released by Coral Records as catalog number 60817.… …   Wikipedia

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  • takes two to tango — See it takes two to tango …   English idioms

  • it takes two to tango — Probably based on earlier sayings of the it takes two to..form (see it takes two to make a quarrel, it takes two to make a bargain). Sung by Pearl Bailey, the Hoffman and Manning song (quot. 1952) was a worldwide hit, giving this saying instant… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • it takes two to tango — informal phrase used for saying that two people or groups involved in a bad situation must both take responsibility for it Thesaurus: ways of making or receiving criticism or blamehyponym to criticize, accuse or blamesynonym Main entry: tango …   Useful english dictionary

  • it takes two to tango — some things you cannot do alone; you need a friend to experience life; two can share, fight, dance, love...; it is better to have loved and lost...    Life is a dance. It takes two to tango! …   English idioms

  • It takes two to tango. — something that you say which means if two people were involved in a bad situation, both must be responsible. She blames Tracy for stealing her husband. Well, it takes two to tango …   New idioms dictionary

  • it takes two to tango — This idiom is used to suggest that when things go wrong, both sides are involved and neither side is completely innocent …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • it takes two, it takes two to tango — see ↑take, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑two …   Useful english dictionary

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