…the phrase means:

A person suited for one job may not be suited for another job.

The practice of choosing the best person for a particular job.

Once again, the Wikipedia family (in this case Wiktionary) refers to the translation profession to illustrate usage:

The term is widely used in the foreign-language translation industry, where a translator is selected for a job not solely based on his or her fluency in the language, but also based on knowledge of the subject matter.

We hope.

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By Marian Dougan


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