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like attracts like

People tend to seek out or be attracted to those that are similar or like-minded. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that John wants to find other Americans to hang out with. Like attracts like, after all. I know that like attracts like, but you should try associating with people with some more diverse perspectives on life.
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opposites attract

Unlike people tend to be drawn to each other. A: "I have no idea why Ben and Julia are together when they have such different interests." B: "Well, opposites attract, right?" I know firsthand that opposites attract because my wife and I are very different people and have a very happy marriage!
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you attract more flies with honey than vinegar

You are more apt to get the results you want when you use kindness, rather than anger or aggression. I think the kids would visit you more if you were nicer to them. You attract more flies with honey than vinegar, you know. A: "The board rejected my proposal!" B: "Well, maybe if you didn't scream at them every time something went wrong, they would be more eager to work with you. After all, you attract more flies with honey than vinegar."

attract to

To entice and thus draw toward. A noun can be used between "attract" and "to." Watch out, bees are attracted to those flowers! A nice business card can attract a lot of new clients to your company. My sister has always been attracted to fashion.
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attract (someone or something) to (someone or something else)

to draw or pull someone or something to someone or something else. The poster attracted a large number of people to the concert. The shouting attracted a lot of attention from the people who were nearby.
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ˌopposites atˈtract

used to say that people who are very different are often attracted to each other: ‘Aren’t you surprised that Peter and Sally are together?’ ‘A little. But they say opposites attract, don’t they?’
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attract to

1. To exert a force or influence on something that tends to draw it toward something else: Bright colors attract insects to flowers. Many different kinds of metal are attracted to magnets.
2. To arouse in someone or something an interest or desire for something else: I've always been attracted to movies from the 1960s.
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We certainly cannot find our way out of the current morass without attracting the best and brightest to our industry.
Many manufacturing facilities of all kinds are having difficulty in attracting and retaining employees.
In the case of TeleTech, community partners were also a vital link in attracting the business to Timmins.
forest products industry faces a serious challenge in attracting the human resources it needs to remain competitive.
Because the Internet has enabled many small businesses to offer the same line of products and services, building a brand is essential for attracting and keeping customers.
Some of the theme areas include: securing provincial funding for a new hospital and long-term care centre; supporting SuperBuild applications and the construction of an academic-based information technology program; growing the city as a telematics centre; growing tourism and overnight stays; devising strategies to lobby government on each project; supporting and developing a new business environment; attracting and growing business; promoting more positive attitudes toward growth; building on more international growth initiatives; and preserving existing jobs.
The AICPA's recruiting efforts are aimed at attracting bright students rather than large numbers of students; the number of accounting graduates should satisfy the profession's needs for the foreseeable future.
The lure of small towns as a place to relocate is a win-win situation," says Jack Schultz, whose own town is depicted in the book as a community that rebounded from lean times to prosperity by attracting such companies as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Krispy Kreme and Bunge Foods.
In particular, this has meant success in attracting retail and service industries.
The search for biodegradable polymers is attracting much commercial interest, says biochemist Barry Marrs of Kennett Square, Pa.