it takes two to tango

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From the song Takes Two to Tango, written and composed in 1952 by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning.


it takes two to tango

  1. (idiomatic) Some things need the active cooperation of two parties; blame is to be laid on both parties in a conflict.
    I can't do it by myself, and neither can you – it takes two to tango.
    He started it! Well, it takes two to tango.

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  • Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, ISBN 0-679-44554-4, p. 174.