different strokes for different folks

Of US origin: strokes = comforting gestures of approval or congratulation. Quickly picked up and used in a variety of parodic forms, as in a 1974 Volkswagen advertisement: Different Volks for different folks.

1973 Houston (Texas) Chronicle Magazine 14 Oct. 4 The popular saying around P[almer] D[rug] A[buse] P[rogram] is ‘different strokes for different folks’, and that’s the basis of the program.

1990 A. STODDARD Gift of Letter iii. Peter sends and receives letters. He dictates everything he writes. I send and receive handwritten letters. I write out everything. Different strokes for different folks.

2002 Washington Post 25 Feb. C2 There are many people who box for the sheer joy of it, there are even more who love to watch them do so; it’s not my own cuppa—though for many years it was—but what it says here is different strokes for different folks, so let the games begin.


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  • different strokes for different folks — different strokes (for different folks) different things are done or liked by different people. The man walks backward for exercise. Different strokes for different folks! …   New idioms dictionary

  • different strokes (for different folks) — informal phrase used for saying that what is good or enjoyable for one person may not be so for someone else Thesaurus: ways of emphasizing how good or bad something issynonym Main entry: stroke …   Useful english dictionary

  • different strokes for different folks — (USA) This idiom means that different people do things in different ways that suit them …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • different strokes for different folks. — (It s) different strokes for different folks. mainly American something that you say which means that different people like or need different things. I ve never enjoyed winter sports, but different strokes for different folks …   New idioms dictionary

  • different strokes for different folks — phr. different things please different people. (Catchphrase.) □ Do whatever you like. Different strokes for different folks. □ Different strokes for different folks. That’s what I always say …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • different strokes for different folks — (USA)    This idiom means that different people do things in different ways that suit them.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    Each individual has their own tastes and requirements. What suits one person may not suit another.     Alison… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • different strokes for different folks — people have different preferences, to each his own    When Michael heard the story of a man who had a clone of his wife in several cities, he smiled and said, Different strokes for different folks! …   English idioms

  • different strokes for different folks — different people have different tastes, different people like different things, variety makes the world go round …   English contemporary dictionary

  • different strokes for different folks — proverb different things appeal to different people …   Useful english dictionary

  • It's different strokes for different folks. — (It s) different strokes for different folks. mainly American something that you say which means that different people like or need different things. I ve never enjoyed winter sports, but different strokes for different folks …   New idioms dictionary

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