It takes two to tango

Idiom

It takes two to tango

Definition

This idiom is used to explain that two people are needed for a particular situation or activity to be successful.

Examples

It takes two to tango – you can’t do it all on your own.

It takes two to tango – you need a partner to dance the tango.

It takes two to tango – you need a team to make a project successful.

Origin

The phrase ‘it takes two to tango’ has been used since the mid-1900s, and is thought to have originated from the dance of the same name.

FAQs

What does it mean when someone says it takes two to tango?

It means that two people are needed for a particular situation or activity to be successful.

Where does the phrase ‘it takes two to tango’ come from?

The phrase ‘it takes two to tango’ has been used since the mid-1900s, and is thought to have originated from the dance of the same name.