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it takes two to tango

Two parties involved in a certain action or situation, especially a wrong that has been committed, are usually both responsible in some way (as opposed to it being the fault or responsibility of one alone). Your son blames mine for their fight at school, but it generally takes two to tango. We won't be able to get this deal underway unless your company is willing to compromise. It takes two to tango, after all.
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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.
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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.
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it takes two to tango

If you say that it takes two to tango, you mean that in a situation or argument involving two people, both of them are responsible for it. Each side is blaming the other but it takes two to tango. I've tried everything to stop our marriage falling apart. But it takes two to tango and so far our relationship has been one-sided. Note: This is the title of a song by Hoffman and Manning, written in 1952.
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it takes two to tango

both parties involved in a situation or argument are equally responsible for it. informal
Takes Two to Tango was the title of a 1952 song by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning .
1996 Washington Post It takes two to tango in this…business. Both your computer's video card and your monitor must be capable of a given rate to achieve it.
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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.
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Tango Yankee

phr. thank you. (NATO Phonetic Alphabet.) Tango Yankee for the email.
See also: tango, Yankee
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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.
Its pictures illustrate tango steps and clothing at different times and in different countries and cast light on social ambiances.
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.
Other [social] dances are fun, but they're not as interesting as tango.
At tango camp, students choose between three classes in each of four periods each day.
In nay search to understand the power of tango, I often followed instructors Rodolfo and Gloria Dinzel for their tango philosophy.