I'm looking for a similar phrase to: "one man's trash is another man's treasure."

Any help would be appreciated.

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  • Similar in meaning or in structure? – Golden Dragon Jan 20 '15 at 17:41
  • What's wrong with that phrase? Why are you looking for a different one? – nollidge Jan 20 '15 at 17:50

See the answers to Origin of “one man's trash is another man's treasure”:

One man's meat is another man's poison

One man's ceiling is another man's floor

One's man's pleasure is another's pain

A thing which is a sin to one is a blessing to another

One man's loss is another man's profit

One man's fault is another man's lesson

Et al


If you are looking for an idiomatic phrase which refers to the differences in likings that people may have you can say:

One man's meat is another man's poison:

  • You may not like something that I like. The phrase, which was first written by the Roman poet Lucretius, was appropriated to refer to any situation where two people disagree over something.

  • Prov. Something that one person likes may be distasteful to someone else.


When I used to work as a florist, by the end of a busy holiday there would be only mismatched dregs to make arrangements out of. So, we had a little game: Someone would make the ugliest flower arrangement possible, and we'd put a giant mismatched bow in the middle of it, and we'd watch to see who bought it. Invariably, a customer would pick it up, deem it "exquisite", and buy it. And, invariably, an older woman we worked with would say,"There's a seat for every ass."


If you're looking for another idiom that means "One person might dislike this, but another person might like it," you could go with "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." The Free Dictionary defines it as "Different people have different ideas about what is beautiful."


"Where there's muck there's brass".

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