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introduce the shoemaker to the tailor

To kick someone in the buttocks. Primarily heard in UK. If you don't leave me alone, I'll introduce the shoemaker to the tailor!
See also: introduce, tailor

nine tailors make a man

1. A phrase spoken after the custom of ringing church bells for a deceased male. The number of times the bells rang traditionally indicated the deceased person's sex, with a male receiving nine "tellers," or tolls, of the bell. A: "Did you hear the bells ringing?" B: "I did. Nine tailors make a man."
2. The phrase was also used to mock tailors as frail and ineffectual, in comparison to the average man. You will certainly best him in a duel. He's a tailor, after all, and nine tailors make a man!
See also: make, man, nine, tailor

be tailor-made

1. Of clothing, to have been made specifically for someone by a tailor (and thus fit very well). Wow, they did a great job with the alterations—that gown looks like it was tailor-made for you!
2. By extension, to be ideally suited for someone or something. I've never seen a happier couple than Tom and Anna—it's like they were tailor-made for each other! Don't worry, that math course is tailor-made for students majoring in the arts, so you're not expected to know advanced formulas or anything.

made to measure

[of clothing] made especially to fit the measurements of a particular person. Jack has his suits made to measure because he's rather large. Having clothes made to measure is rather expensive.
See also: made, measure

tailor someone or something to someone or something

to fit or revise someone or something to fit someone or something. The coach tailored his defensive team to the opposition. We can tailor service to your company very easily. I will tailor this suit to your specifications for no extra charge.
See also: tailor

tailor-made for somebody/something

particularly suited to someone or something Business schools are offering courses tailor-made for a firm's executives. The contest was tailor-made for Alexander, who was not well known and had little funding.

be tailor-made

to be completely suitable for someone or something (usually + for ) The role of Emma was tailor-made for her.


specially made for a particular purpose (often + for ) Business schools are offering courses tailor-made for a firm's executives.

made to measure

Also, tailor-made. Fashioned to fit a particular need or purpose, very suitable. For example, Jane finds her new position is made to measure for her, or This bridge club is tailor-made for Max. Originally referring to clothes made to fit a particular person very precisely, these terms have been used figuratively since the mid-1900s. Also see made to order.
See also: made, measure


n. a machine-made cigarette. (From an expression for something, such as an article of clothing, that is custom made.) They used to call these things tailor-made, meaning professionally made, as opposed to homemade.
References in classic literature ?
From that moment I determined to put Mouston in communication with my tailors, and to have him measured instead of myself.
7, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Mohan's Custom Tailors, located in New York City, provides premiere custom suits for men at a reasonable price.
All are either bought readymade or made by tailors or seamstresses in the hectic hours ahead of the Eid.
One of the tailors, Ilyas Salim Gulberg Peshawar while talking to The Frontier Post on Thursday said he had been working as tailor master here for the last 10 years but unfortunately facing 12 hours power breakdown daily.
The tailor, an Asian expatriate in his 40s was detained in the city of Makkah in western Saudi Arabia for breaking the rules that ban male tailors from working in women's dress making workshops.
A number of residents in Jeddah said they preferred purchasing ready-to-wear clothes, rather than getting their items custom made, due to the high costs of tailoring, long waits and lack of trained tailors.
As the mother and sister-in-law were talking to the other tailor, the accused moved from his seat and stood behind the victim groping her bottom.
Journalists and bloggers gathered at the venue to sip on a Tom Collins whilst taking a look at the new tailoring range, before watching the original Ocean's Eleven film - one of the inspirations for Life of Tailor.
This tailor was known for his fine stitchery and great kindness.
Skills and interests As a tailor you should: Be good at working with your hands and making things; Be interested in fashion design and current styles; Be able to deal tactfully with people, and have the ability to find out what customers want; Have good numeracy skills, for measuring and calculating accurately; Have the ability to work quickly but accurately; Have good eyesight, and normal colour vision for matching threads to fabrics; and Be capable of concentrating for a long time.
A model with "unusual" measurements - 5ft 6in with "quite a thick neck" - compared the M&S made-tomeasure shirt with an off-the-peg version from the same retailer, a Tailor Store shirt and the fourth from 40 Savile Row.
IN his time he's made a knock-out suit for boxing legend Muhammad Ali and a host of other celebrities, but after more than half a century in the business Birmingham bespoke tailor Ahmet Yusuf is showing no sign of hanging up his tape measure.
Bobbie Nudie, widow of the famously named tailor whose fantastically embroidered and rhinestone-studded suits clothed country music and western movie star for decades, has died at age 92.
Shirt Tailor Mahmoud Ahmad Hanbali said that whereas in past times men used to depend more on tailored shirts, most of today's "young men just want to buy and go", while suit tailor Baha Homsi agrees and adds that the majority of his clientele consists of old customers from the heyday of the 1960's and early 1970's, as well as those directed by word of mouth.