it takes one to know one
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- (colloquial, childish) A retort to a negative accusation, implying that the accuser shares the fault.
- Bob: You're an idiot!
- Tony: Takes one to know one!
- 1949, Nial Kent, The Divided Path, p. 358:
- There's an unkind saying that it takes one to know one, and it's almost true.
- 1947, Poet Lore, p. 280:
- Anyone who appreciates Shakespeare as this author unquestionably does is another Shakespeare — it takes one to know one!
- 1946, Gore Vidal, Williwaw, p. 45:
- “I’ve got a bad egg,” said Bervick. “I guess this was a pre-war egg.” […]
- “It takes one to know one,” said the Chief, referring back to the eggs.
- if the shoe fits, wear it
- I know you are but what am I
- look who's talking
- pot calling the kettle black
an insult which is true about both the sender and the receiver