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Difference between Each to his own and Every man for himself

each to his ownis used to say that it is acceptable for people to have different preferences:

  • “I find it hard to believe that anyone enjoys gardening.” “Ah well, each to his own.”

every man for himselfsaid of people trying to save themselves from a difficult situation without trying to help anyone else:

  • “It was not the behaviour of a friend.” “My dear boy,” he said. “Have you not yet learnt that it’s every man for himself?”