takes one to know one


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(It) takes one to know one.

Inf. You are one also. A: You are a stupid oaf. B: So are you. It takes one to know one.
See also: know, one, take
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One such is Sir Clive Thompson, chief executive of Rentokil, the main business of which is rat catching, proving the old saying that it takes one to know one.
I am a firm believer that 'it takes one to know one,' meaning that this veteran team has been through the same mainframe challenges that our customers have experienced.
IF IT takes one to know one then this week's Grassroots Awards nominee couldn't come with a higher recommendation.
IT takes one to know one,and the dark genius of poet RS Thomas has now been recognised by that wayward genius Ken Russell, the film director you either love or hate -which will either be great news or a cause for dismay by admirers of the late Gwynedd-based bard if Mr Russell does decide to make a film about him.
It's interesting that Alex' best signing since becoming Hibs manager has been a player who has slotted into his position as a player - I suppose it takes one to know one.
IT takes one to know one, which is why Jurgen Klinsmann is disappointed Robbie Keane is back in LA rather than taking on on the USA at the Aviva Stadium.
Asked about those comments, Cook (pictured left) joked: "It takes one to know one, I suppose.
It is difficult to understand exactly what insights Brady might have to offer unless one believes that, where serial killers are concerned, it takes one to know one.
Edgar Hoover ate lunch nearly every single day with Clyde Tolson and liked to dress up as a woman--that's why there were no homosexual agents, because "it takes one to know one," and their cover would be blown.
Hugh's been telling everyone that it's me that fights like a girl but all I can say is it takes one to know one
He's a good chef and, as the saying goes, it takes one to know one.
On the basis that it takes one to know one - who better to run the city of glitz, gambling and girls, than the man who's kept major Mob figures out of jail?
Strachan's critics say he should be an expert on greetin' faces because it takes one to know one.
Then they should do two things: teach them to snarl threateningly: "It takes one to know one," "get lost," or something similar.