One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used as a way of suggesting that someone should accept a generalized remark or criticism as applying to themselves.
- ‘It kills me to write things like that, but if the shoe fits, wear it.’
- ‘‘It was not meant as such,’ she replied tartly, ‘but if the cap fits, wear it.’’
- ‘So whether or not you have £1m to spare, if the shoe fits, wear it - if only while you're hoovering.’
- ‘So (if the cap fits, wear it) I was also there for you, comrades, citizens and Guardian-readers.’
- ‘The honourable member is obviously fairly thin-skinned, and I suppose one would be entitled to say if the cap fits, wear it.’
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