tweedledum and tweedledeetwee·dle·dum and twee·dle·dee
- two persons or things so much alike as to be almost indistinguishable
- two droll, almost identical brothers in Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll
Origin of tweedledum and tweedledee; from tweedle, echoic of reed pipe + dum and amp; 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