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(It) takes two to tango.

Prov. Some things cannot happen by one person acting alone. Alan: You're always arguing! Stop arguing all the time. Jane: I can't argue all by myself. It takes two to tango. Fred: Did you hear? Janice got herself pregnant. Jill: Well, she didn't do it all by herself. Takes two to tango, you know.
See also: take, tango, two

it takes two to tango

both people involved in a bad situation are responsible for it “She blames Tracy for stealing her husband.” “Well, it takes two to tango.”
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of tango (a South American dance for two people)
See also: take, tango, two

It takes two to tango.

something that you say which means if two people were involved in a bad situation, both must be responsible
Usage notes: A tango is a South American dance for two people.
'She blames Tracy for stealing her husband.' 'Well, it takes two to tango.'
See also: take, tango, two

it takes two to tango

The active cooperation of both parties is needed for some enterprises, as in We'll never pass this bill unless both parties work out a compromise-it takes two to tango . This expression dates from the 1920s, when the Latin American tango became a very popular dance. It was popularized by the singer Pearl Bailey in her 1952 hit song of that name written by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning.
See also: take, tango, two

takes two to tango

phr. requires two people to do certain things. There’s no such thing as a one-sided argument. It takes two to tango.
See also: take, tango, two

Tango Yankee

phr. thank you. (NATO Phonetic Alphabet.) Tango Yankee for the email.
See also: tango, Yankee
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Unfortunately, I haven't been lucky enough to find a regular partner,'' says Noura Altalhi, a 28-year-old woman from West Hollywood who will shortly excuse herself to tango with another student who just might be the one.
1) Noura Altalhi of West Hollywood and dance partner Antonio Nozar of Glendale prepare for their tango lesson at ``Sunday's Tango,'' held weekly at the Argentine Association in Burbank.
In Mexico, tango started gaining popularity at about the same time the first tango boom took place in Paris.
Mexicans have always payed a lot of attention to tango," says the Argentine folklore dancer Luis "Malambo" Rodriguez, who recently opened a new Argentine restaurant on La Fragua street in Mexico City's Tabacalera neighborhood.
From the 1930s to the 1950s, Mexico was a second home to some of the hottest tango singers and musicians from Argentina, and several of the greatest singers of all time.
But the real tango boom in Mexico started with the 1974 opening of the Argentine restaurant and dance bar "Corrientes 3-4-8 in Coyoacan," says Rodriguez.
Against this cultural and socioeconomic backdrop, Savigliano explains why and how tango became a commodity for imperialism and capitalism (chapter 3).
After triumphing in 1911-1913 in the main world capitals, tango gained popularity among the Argentinean middle and upper class (chapter 4).
Having combined in her earlier chapters Marxist, feminist, and deconstructivist approaches "to describe the political economy of Passion" (16), Savigliano, in chapter 6, analyses tango lyrics and dance styles to shed light on the imbalance of power between genders, the strengthening of female consciousness, and the psychosexual aspects of tango lyrics in an attempt to eliminate notions of otherness.
The reasons for the resurgence of popular tango are manifold and it is not only the popularity of glitzy shows that has brought it about.
We're everywhere again, just like the old days," cried one veteran tango musician.
There might be milongas everywhere, but two facts often escape those who seek to adopt tango for their own.
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Through simplicity, you can understand tango," Rodolfo says.