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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.

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.
3. slang A cigarette that is machine-made, rather than hand-rolled. Don't you have any tailor-made smokes?

tailor-made for (someone or something)

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

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

tailor-made

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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Manotoc said he and Advani are 'not tailors ourselves but businessmen who want to offer something better for the local market.
Many tailors claimed that they were received approximately double orders comparatively from normal days as customers have been forced to continue booking new orders even few days left.
Visitors of different markets complained that tailors were already charging double price of a single suit soon after the arrival of Ramzan ul Mubarak but now have stopped the booking of clothes.
DUBAI Tailors in Dubai are working overtime to meet the surge in orders ahead of Eid Al Fitr.
Mr Collier, who left the Royal Marines to work for London bespoke tailor Gieves & Hawkes, in its Savile Row and Liverpool branches, told ECHO Business: "I was going to set up my own tailors, but I had known Peter for years because his business was the work room for the Liverpool branch of Gieves & Hawkes, and he said, why not buy my business instead.
A small team of tailors and craftsmen turn out unique items from a wide range of British cloths and wools, including Dugdale Bros, Holland & Sherry, Duffin & Peace.
Cabrera and Antoine present students, instructors, professional tailors, and general interest readers with the second edition of their comprehensive resource to custom hand tailoring production of garments for men.
As most of tailors are using generators as an alternative tool to meet its power requirements because they are also confronting the same sort of power breakdown like other people.
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.
But the multi-millionaire came up against cut-throat razors when he tried out a gentlemen's barber shop which has been installed at the town centre premises of Owen Scott Bespoke Tailors.
Some citizens have complained that inadequate monitoring of men's tailors allows these establishments to exploit occasions such as Eid al-Adha by increasing their rates, local Arabic daily Al Sharq has reported.
Muscat: Tailors and designers in almost all the tailoring shops in Muttrah, the hub for traditional Omani women dresses, are working against time to deliver the pre-orders before the deadline as Eid Al Adha is just around the corner.
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.
The papers, one dating back to 1576, are original copies of apprenticeship indentures in the tailoring industry, originating from The Incorporated Company of Tailors of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Two tailors were in the shop when the three women went inside.