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    Re: If the shoe fits wear it

    'If the shoe fits, wear it.'

    Something you say to tell someone that if they are guilty of something bad, they should accept criticism/responsibility. "Look, I didn't say who was to blame for this mess - but if the shoe fits, wear it." ("If you caused this mess, accept responsibility for it.")

    Essentially, the speaker is beating around the bush by using this expression! He doesn't want to come out and directly accuse someone for doing something because he may not have enough hard evidence to support his accusation. So, he is throwing his suspicion back to the other person by saying "If the shoe fits, wear it!"

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    Re: If the shoe fits wear it

    If the shoe fits, wear it If something belongs or pertains to you, accept it. This proverb first appeared as “if the cap fits,” which may have referred to a fool’s cap. The later version has become more common and is associated with the glass slipper in the fairy tale, “Cinderella.”
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    If the shoe fits, wear it

    A predominantly US variant of if the cap fits, wear it.
    Why should Mr. Vanderbeek apply a general comparison to himself? Let those whom the shoe fits wear it.
    [1773 New-York Gazette & Weekly Mercury 17 May]
    If the shoe fits you, you can wear it a little wile [sic], Jack; but we won't quarrel about that.
    [1876 W. G. Nash Century of Gossip 125]
    Some one, devilishly inspired, had made a noose in the end and the knot was what is so widely known as a Hangman's knot. ‥‘There's an old saying, you know; if the shoe fits, wear it. The words might be made to apply to knots, I suppose!’
    [1934 J. Gregory Emerald Murder Trap 260]
    ‘Zee, you're a know-it-all-crybaby-tattletale brat!’ ‘I'm telling Mommy that you said that!’‥ ‘What did Mommy say?’ ‘She said, “If the shoe fits, wear it!”’
    [2001 Washington Post 13 Dec. C11 (Baby Blues comic strip)]
    Related to: conduct; reputation
    Bibliography of major proverb collections and works cited from modern editions is available here.
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    For those pathetic lemmings on the left or right who are offended by the truth of the President’s remarks, if the shoe fits, wear it!
    American Daughter Media Center - Front Page » Blog Archive » If The Shoe Fits, Wear It

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    if the shoe fits, wear it
    if there is a lesson for you, learn it When I listen to you preach, I wonder if the shoe fits me.
    Idioms: if the shoe fits, wear it -- in a bit

    if the shoe fits, wear it
    Also, if the cap fits, wear it. If something applies to you, accept it, as in These problems are hard to solve, and most people would need help, so if the shoe fits, wear it! This expression originated as if the cap fits, which alluded to a fool's cap and dates from the early 1700s. Although this version has not died out entirely, shoe today is more common and probably gained currency through the Cinderella fairy tale, in which the prince sought her out by means of the slipper she lost at the ball.

    The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
    Copyright © 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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    #13

    Re: If the shoe fits wear it

    Yes, I'm Spanish from Spain

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    #14

    Re: If the shoe fits wear it

    Quote Originally Posted by sadeadu View Post
    Yes, I'm Spanish from Spain
    Hi, Sadeadu! Welcome to the forums!

    Barcelona is a gorgeous city!

    Cheers,
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    #15

    Re: If the shoe fits wear it

    Yes, it is, but a bit crowdy, nevertheless.

    Thank you

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    #16

    Re: If the shoe fits wear it

    Quote Originally Posted by sadeadu View Post
    Yes, it is, but a bit crowdy, nevertheless.

    Thank you
    I know what you mean as I live in London.


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    Re: If the shoe fits wear it

    But you are from Poland, aren't you?

    How long have you been living in England? Would you like to move to Poland?

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    #18

    Re: If the shoe fits wear it

    Quote Originally Posted by sadeadu View Post
    But you are from Poland, aren't you?

    How long have you been living in England? Would you like to move to Poland?
    For 2 years. I was teaching English and German in Polish schools before and now I am doing Microsoft Certificates to be able to work in IT profession. If I want to go back? One day I will, I suppose. How about you?


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    #19

    Re: If the shoe fits wear it

    I'm a local girl, I've never been abroad and to speak with people from other countries is very exciting to me. As I've got a lot of fee time in my job I've got to fill it with something. I love English and I would like to improve it and keep up the level (I'm always studying English in my free time, that is not much) so this is a wonderful way to do it.

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    #20

    Re: If the shoe fits wear it

    Quote Originally Posted by sadeadu View Post
    Yes, it is, but a bit crowdy, nevertheless.

    Thank you
    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    I know what you mean as I live in London.
    I do too [know what you mean], but the word is "crowdED" (Crowdy is quite an expressive neologism though - as it combines the ideas of "crowded" and "rowdy". So feel free to use it - but be aware that people may think you're making a mistake.)

    Meanwhile, back at the thread...

    Kraken's 'It does not mean the same than [AS] the Spanish saying "el que se pica, ajos come", or should I say, in the right context it could be used with a similar meaning, but...' made me reflect that when it does occur in that context it's often used without the imperative - so the user of that idiom would say to the person who thinks he's being talked about: 'If the shoe fits...' and no more.

    There are quite a few idioms that are often - if not usually - used with a bit missing, either at the end ('a rose by any other name...[this is an easy one - look it up in any dictionary of quotations]', 'sticks and stones...[will break my bones but words will never hurt me]') or at the beginning '[When you've dug yourself into a hole] stop digging'.

    b

    PS (but this is seriously tangential, so ignore this is you're only interested in shoes!)
    RonBee's post, which mentioned a fool's cap, reminded me of an intriguing bit of etymological trivia. The old (UK only?) paper size 'foolscap' - a bit longer than A4, and a bit narrower if I remember right - was so-called because it had a 'fool's cap' as watermark: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=foolscap
    Last edited by BobK; 27-May-2008 at 15:46. Reason: Added correction and PS

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