So a friend of mine uploaded a picture of hers with her husband. In the picture, both of them were wearing glasses. As I scrolled down the comments, I read someone's comment saying "made for each other". Below that comment she wrote "I bet, its the sunglasses that give it away".

I want to know what does this sentence mean, especially the part that "the sunglasses gave [something] away." I didn't get it.

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"Made for each other" is a standard term that implies a deity created two people who would become a perfect couple.

Without seeing the picture, I can't figure out entirely what the "it's the sunglasses that give it away" means, but it's probably using either similarity or lack of similarity in the glasses that the people are (or are not) wearing to make a humorous comparison. E.g., if they are wearing identical sunglasses, then they're "made for each other" and the matching sunglasses are a sign of that. (Or that they're both wearing sunglasses or something.) If they're not wearing sunglasses at all, or if one is and one isn't, then it's perhaps a slightly sarcastic comment about a sign that doesn't exist -- or that they're "made for each other" because they're so different from each other most of the time. (Note that some people think that "made for each other" is a creepy phrase, implying they don't have any decision in who their partner is.)

  • Oh right, i didnt notice if they were wearing similar sunglasses or not. Could you please tell me the actual phrase that is used here? I want to know its standard form.
    – Ardis Ell
    Feb 1, 2015 at 15:55
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    The actual phrase of which? There's some form of "You look like you were made for each other," but the joking reply could take many forms. If it's the "gave it away" part, that's a term that means "this was the final clue." E.g., in a crime drama, the captured criminal says, "What gave me away?" And the detective says, "You knew which explosives took out the safe. No one else did."
    – A.Beth
    Feb 1, 2015 at 16:00
  • Yes, "give it away" part. Okay so here in my example, they both look identical, so she said it must be the sunglasses that made them look so, right?
    – Ardis Ell
    Feb 1, 2015 at 16:09
  • No, she's (probably) not saying that the sunglasses made them look identical. She's saying that the sunglasses were the clue that "gave it away" that they were "made for each other." (It might be a layered meaning -- that the sunglasses caused them to look more similar, which was the clue that gave away that they were "made for each other.")
    – A.Beth
    Feb 1, 2015 at 16:34

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