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An expression that is said when one accuses another person of that which they are equally guilty of.
Many years ago, people used to cook over an open flame using copper kettles and iron pots. The copper kettles were usually polished after every use whereas the iron pots were not and remained blackened from the soot from previous cookings. Well someone got the idea that if the iron pot were alive and it looked at a nearby copper kettle, it would see a black image. The iron pot believes it sees the image of the copper kettle when in reality, because the copper kettle was polished, what the iron pot was seeing was a reflection of itself. This symbolic phrase became associated with hypocrisy. An accuser blames someone else for having a fault when the accuser has the same fault.

Joe accuses Mark for not keeping his house clean when in reality, Joe has a messy house. Therefore, Joe is guilty of "the pot calling the kettle black".
by Dancing with Fire June 24, 2011
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Adj. Something that is expected to have a long lifespan by virtue of having existed for a long time, based on the lindy effect, named for the New York restaurant Lindy's, coined by Albert Goldman and popularized by Nassim Taleb.
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This is a phrase that states that the person you are talking to is calling you something that they themselves are (and generally in abundance).

This comes from old times when pots and pans were generally black and kettles were generally metallic and reflective. Therefore the pot sees its black reflection in the kettle and thinks that the kettle is black.

*this can also sometimes be shortened to "pot, kettle, black."*
someguy: u R an idiot 4 sayin tht
Some other guy: Well thats the pot calling the kettle black!
by The Spooky Twigg December 03, 2004
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an idiom, in saying that something is, while the one saying it *is* that thing.
I ran into the conformist at SamGoody with an Eminem cd, whereas I had a Blondie cd. He said I was retarded because I was 'listening to shit.' I replied 'Well, talk about the pot calling the kettle black.'
by Gwen Stefani Grrl June 30, 2004
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A definition my teacher, Mr. Twichell used, to call Nick a hypocrite.

Yes, it's pretty much just calling someone a hypocrite.
Real conversation:
Nick: Shut up. You're so annoying.
Twichell: Nick, you're a pot calling the kettle black.
Nick: What does that mean?
Twichell: No, Natalie it's not racist. Nick, it means you're a hypocrite.
by YoItsNat March 01, 2017
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Something about racist weed or some shit, I don't know.
Pot: Hey, black kettle!
Pot-smoking bystander: Hey, man. Make peace not war, man.
Kettle: Well, if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black? reader: WTF?!! THIS DEFINITION SUCKS BALLS!
by SpaceMouse April 16, 2010
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