A key principle of just-war theory is the principle of discrimination: You should tailor your violence as narrowly as possible.
Charles Krauthammer called Gorbachev “Khrushchev with a tailor.”
But can I tailor those opinions and soften them on behalf of a successful campaign?
One minute the script, the next a story about Ivor Novello's tailor or the Tahiti steamer schedule in the Thirties.
Upon his liberation in 1945, the U.S. military set him up with a tailor shop in a small town in Bavaria.
Like Don Quixote's tailor, he works for nothin' and finds thread.
He has the soul of a merchant tailor, actually, but not the tailor's manhood.
In my room I gave many dying persons the absolution; among them a tailor, who was shot down at my side.
Hart Schaffner and Marx had not yet become rural America's tailor.
Ask Mr. Eccles to have the kindness to take you to his tailor and order some clothes.
late 13c., from Anglo-French tailour, Old French tailleor "tailor," literally "a cutter," from tailler "to cut," from Medieval Latin taliator vestium "a cutter of clothes," from Late Latin taliare "to split," from Latin talea "a slender stick, rod, staff, a cutting, twig," on the notion of a piece of a plant cut for grafting.
Possible cognates include Sanskrit talah "wine palm," Old Lithuanian talokas "a young girl," Greek talis "a marriageable girl" (for sense, cf. slip of a girl, twiggy), Etruscan Tholna, name of the goddess of youth.
Although historically the tailor is the cutter, in the trade the 'tailor' is the man who sews or makes up what the 'cutter' has shaped. [OED]Tailor-made first recorded 1832 (in a figurative sense); originally "heavy and plain," as of women's garments made by a tailor rather than a dress-maker.
1660s, from tailor (n.). Figurative sense of "to design (something) to suit needs" is attested from 1942. Related: Tailored; tailoring.