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of (someone's) ilk
Of the same type, class, or kind as someone. You can bet that, down on the docks, there are a great many men of his ilk loitering about at night.
of that ilk
1. Scottish archaic Of the same territory, estate, or location of that name. (Implies the person is a proprietor or from a land-owning family or lineage.) John Johnstone of that ilk, the last remaining man of that line, died of consumption at an early age.
2. Of that same or a certain type, class, or kind. It really surprises me that they would let men of that ilk into a respectable place like this.
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of that ilk
Of the same kind or class. The word ilk is now rarely used (except in Scotland) other than in this cliché, which is actually a twisting of the original meaning. It comes from the Old English ilca, meaning “the same,” and is correctly used only in referring to a person whose last name is the same as that of his estate; for example, Cawdor of that ilk means “Cawdor of Cawdor.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer