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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

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.
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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.
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Now, from its Westgate Road base, Isaac Walton Tailoring delivers bespoke tailoring to high net worth individuals.
Abdullah Ahmed says the cost of tailoring increased lately, particularly as there have been more unique designs of clothing suitable for all ages, as well as numerous models and designs in catalogs that allow customers to choose the most appropriate items.
Modern Apprenticeships lead to NVQ Level 3 in Handcraft Tailoring, and take around three years.
This fascinating documentary shows how tailoring is a story of elegant craftsmanship.
And one thing you can put money on is the tailoring trend's staying power.
Bakers Tailoring clothed the men of Middlesbrough from 1911 until 1998 and is now making a return.
DHA removal was affected by tailoring the length of the cation chain (optimum C15 or higher), the pH (improved removal at lower pH), the treatment time (minimum contact time of 3 min), and the mineral dose.
So they started a scheme in their own small compound to teach some of these girls knitting, tailoring, baking and carpet-making and called it the Jenan Project.
In-Stat Consulting allows us to further enhance the value that we deliver to our customers, by tailoring our research capabilities to meet their specific needs.
Tailoring shops also earn huge profits on the occasion of Eidul Fitr and they have fixed Rs 600 to Rs 1,000 per suit.
Regular customers come at the last minute to place their orders, making the tailoring job difficult as denial to them can cause a permanent financial loss.
Owen Scott director Scott Hufton said: "In London, fine tailoring and barbering go handin-hand.
They are quickly gaining new clientele who are learning that the cost of high quality doesn't need to break the bank and the process of tailoring can be convenient and relatively faster than before.
NO WORKER: An empty workstation in a tailoring shop in Jeddah.