Definition of Tweedledum and Tweedledee noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Tweedledum and Tweedledee

BrE BrE//ˌtwiːdlˌdʌm ən twiːdlˈdiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌtwiːdlˌdʌm ən twiːdlˈdiː//
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two people or things that are not different from each other More Like This Expressions from literary sources Alice in Wonderland, Casanova, Cassandra, Don Juan, Dorian Gray, Falstaffian, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, Lilliputian, Lothario, Orwellian, Pandora’s box, Peter Pan, Pied Piper, Pollyanna, Rip Van Winkle, Ruritanian, Scrooge, Shangri-La, Sherlock, Stepford Wife, Svengali, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Utopia, Walter MittySee worksheet. From two characters in Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll who look the same and say the same things. Word Originoriginally names applied to the composers Bononcini (1670–1747) and Handel, in a 1725 satire by John Byrom (1692–1763); they were later used for two identical characters in Lewis Carroll's novel Through the Looking Glass.
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