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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.

tailor (something) to (someone or something)

To change, adapt, or customize something so as to be correct or ideal for a particular person, thing, group, or situation. Because the entire program is online, we are able to tailor it to students from every walk of life. Our service tailors marketing strategies to businesses at an individual level, helping them realize their maximum potential.
See also: 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.
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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A customer Salman Ahmed said,'I always prefered to get stitiched my clothes from tailors instead of buying readymade shalwar kameez.
Prosecutors accused two Nigerians of robbing the tailor.
Another tailor master in Saddar bazaar of Peshawar, Javid Iqbal said that the hours long power outage had compelled him to quit the business and start an alternative business.
Two tailors were in the shop when the three women went inside.
After the deal, Sagmeister will control 49% in Tom Tailor Retail Joint Venture.
In some companies, tailors may also carry out repairs and alterations.
A model with "unusual" measurements - 5ft 6in with "quite a thick neck" - compared the M&S made-tomeasure shirt with an off-the-peg version from the same retailer, a Tailor Store shirt and the fourth from 40 Savile Row.
He was the first tailor outside London's Saville Row to scoop a national Tailor of the Year award in 1976.
For each requirement, guidance is provided to help the specification developer tailor a verification that reflects an understanding of the design solution, the identified program milestones, the associated level of maturity expected at those milestones, and the specific approach to be used in the design and verification of the required products and processes.
Goal is to assess host country's peacekeeping training center, evaluate existing PSO training capabilities, brief the PSO core curriculum, and tailor upcoming programs to fit the country's training needs.
As a result of the communications revolution, health practitioners are finding more and more tools to help them tailor health messages to the unique needs, interests, and concerns of different individuals.
The little shop immortalised by children's author Beatrix Potter as the home of the Tailor of Gloucester is set to become a top tourist attraction in the city.
He summoned the wisest and most skilled tailor in all of his kingdom to make a gown for the princess.
The Tailor talking to reporter said that Eidul Fitr is the only month brought a lot of business and they wait for the whole year for the holy Month of Ramazan.