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How the other half lives used to express or allude to the way of life of a different group in society, especially a wealthier one (from the proverb one half of the world does not know how the other half lives).

other times, other manners proverbial saying, late 16th century, used in resignation or consolation. The same idea is found in a number of forms and languages, as in the work of the Greek lyric poet Pindar (518–438bc), ‘think different thoughts at different times’, and in the French saying autres temps, autres mœurs ‘other times, other customs’.

See also do unto others, one hand washes the other, a rose by any other name, wait for the other shoe to fall, six of one and half a dozen of the other.


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