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This Week:  ‘It Takes Two to Tango’

This expression means two people need to accept the blame for a bad situation, or are involved in a tricky situation, and both must accept blame and responsibility. But the meaning’s not as simple as you might think.
Let’s see some examples and then explain a little more:

“The ref should have sent both players off. I know Smith kicked Cooper but it takes two to tango”

“Everyone blames Charlie for their break up but Lizzy was just as bad. It takes two to tango”

“They should arrest the dodgy agent as well as the manager. After all it takes two to tango”

So, as you can see, ‘It takes two to tango’ is used to talk about bad or difficult situations. It’s used to say that two people – not just one – are responsible for that bad situation.

Easy, isn’t it

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