like calls to like


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What is "like calls to like"? Could you please explain and give some examples?

  • Meritzias

    Senior Member
    Here is the sentence:

    * "The Book was believed harmless, because like calls to like—and only that which was Made can
    speak those spells and summon its power."

    Source: The Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J.Maas

    I've searched the web and found below sentences. It seems like an idiom but still doesn't make any sense to me.

    * “Like calls to like. I’d sense it when the Hummingbird entered the Unsea, but I’d been too afraid to embrace it."
    * “We say like calls to like, girl. But if the science is small enough, then we are like all things.”

    * "I always find one, no matter where I go. Like calls to like."


    Senior Member
    English - England
    I've never come across it before, but I've just found this on a blog about 'Lovelifeworking' (whatever that is): "Like calls to like: This statement simply highlights the fact that people of the same characteristics tend to be attracted to each other."

    I guess it's similar to 'birds of a feather flock together'.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    "Like calls to like" is a variant, in the form of pseudo-historical speech, of "Like promotes like."