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I encountered the phrase in this line:

あいつはあいつで、きちんとバイトしているらしい。

I think I can intuit the general meaning but I was wondering if anyone had a full explanation.

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「あいつはあいつで~~」 means "He ~~ in his own way."

As the word 「きちんと = "properly"」 may suggest, "Pronoun X + は + Pronoun X + で" expresses the speaker's opinion that the Person X is doing something at least on a satisfactory level if not on an extraordinary level.

「これはこれでおいしい。」 = "This dish tastes OK if not spectacular." ==> "It tastes good in its own way."

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    Is "if not perfect" required? For example, "Aさんも面白いが、BさんはBさんで面白い" just means Bさん is also funny in his own way which is different from Aさん. This does not imply Bさん is only satisfactory, nor does it say which person is relatively better. – naruto Jan 6 '15 at 6:21

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