if the shoe fits

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An ellipsis (anapodoton) of "if the shoe fits, wear it".

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if the shoe fits

  1. (idiomatic) If it has all of the characteristics of a thing, it probably is that thing.
    "Everyone keeps calling me a bully!" "Well, if the shoe fits..."
    • 1901, Horatio Alger, Young Captain Jack, ch. 18:
      "Do you mean to insult me by that?" he roared.
      "If the shoe fits you can wear it."
      "I'll knock you down for the insult."

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