it takes all sorts

Many different kinds of people make up the world. For example, I would never go swimming in April, but it takes all sorts, or Gordon insists on wearing sunglasses indoors and out—I guess it takes all sorts. This expression, originating in the 1600s as It takes all sorts to make a world, is often used in remarking one's own difference from others or tolerating someone else's peculiarity. Also see no accounting for tastes.


Nearby words

  1. it is a far, far better thing that i do, than i have ever done,
  2. it never rains but it pours,
  3. it stands to reason,
  4. it takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home,
  5. it takes a thief to catch a thief,
  6. it takes getting used to,
  7. it takes one to know one,
  8. it takes two to tango,
  9. it was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
  10. it'd

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