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takes two to tango

it takes two to tango

Meaning:

  • certain actions or activities cannot be performed alone – they  need two people to participate
  • both people involved in a situation are equally responsible for it
  • actions or communication need more than one person

Example:

  1. Don’t blame me for the argument. It takes two to tango! You are equally responsible.
  2. We will never reach an agreement unless we sit down for a discussion. It takes two to tango.
  3. The bill will never be passed unless both parties bury their differences and work out a compromise – it takes two to tango.
  4. Its not right to blame only the other woman for his adulterous affair – it takes two to tango.
  5. If you want to play that game, you need a partner who will play with you. It takes two to tango.
  6. I cannot do this all alone, neither can you – it takes two to tango.

Origin:
The phrase refers to the South American dance tango, which requires two partners to perform. It originated in a 1952 song Takes Two to Tango by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning and gained popularity subsequently as an expression.

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