takes two to tango
it takes two to tango
- certain actions or activities cannot be performed alone – they need two people to participate
- both people involved in a situation are equally responsible for it
- actions or communication need more than one person
- Don’t blame me for the argument. It takes two to tango! You are equally responsible.
- We will never reach an agreement unless we sit down for a discussion. It takes two to tango.
- The bill will never be passed unless both parties bury their differences and work out a compromise – it takes two to tango.
- Its not right to blame only the other woman for his adulterous affair – it takes two to tango.
- If you want to play that game, you need a partner who will play with you. It takes two to tango.
- I cannot do this all alone, neither can you – it takes two to tango.
The phrase refers to the South American dance tango, which requires two partners to perform. It originated in a 1952 song Takes Two to Tango by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning and gained popularity subsequently as an expression.