tweedledum and tweedledeetwee·dle·dum and twee·dle·dee
- two persons or things so much alike as to be almost indistinguishable
- [T- and T-] two droll, almost identical brothers in Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll
Origin of tweedledum and tweedledeefrom tweedle, echoic of reed pipe + dum and dee, echoic of musical notes: first used of two 18th-c. rival composers
tweedledum and tweedledee
Two people or two groups resembling each other so closely that they are practically indistinguishable.
Origin of tweedledum and tweedledeeAfter Tweedledum and Tweedledee , names of two proverbial rival fiddlers, of imitative origin
- (pejorative, idiomatic) Two persons or organizations deemed indistinguishable in some way.
- The radicals said that Nixon and Humphrey were Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
- (pejorative, idiomatic) A pair of people who spend a lot of time together, and look and act similarly.
From Tweedledum and Tweedledee, a pair of identical characters in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There