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tweedledum and tweedledee

Two matters, persons, or groups that are very much alike, as in Bob says he's not voting in this election because the candidates are tweedledum and tweedledee . This term was invented by John Byrom, who in 1725 made fun of two quarreling composers, Handel and Bononcini, and said there was little difference between their music, since one went "tweedledum" and the other "tweedledee." The term gained further currency when Lewis Carroll used it for two fat little men in Through the Looking-Glass (1872). For a synonym, see six of one, half dozen of the other.
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Like many of the characters Alice encounters in both Wonderland and in Looking-Glass Land, Tweedledum and Tweedledee aggressively (at times even hostilely) subvert her perceptions and understanding of the world, constructing through their elaborate verbal nonsense and absurd actions a "contrariwise" mode of existence that Alice instinctively distrusts but cannot penetrate.
Arguing that Bush and Gore are Tweedledum and Tweedledee is to be willfully ignorant.
Anyone who thinks that Gore and Bush are Tweedledum and Tweedledee is not living in the real world.
Attending the caucus meant choosing between the tweedledum party with half a dozen troglodytes vying for the nomination and the tweedledee party with its two compassionate conservatives.
At the opposite end of the cavernous space, a chubbily misshapen and slightly sinister-looking businessman, made of the same material, was sitting on a swing like some pendulous Tweedledee.
Windows and the Macintosh are to me Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
The Greens, Nader says, will "provide an answer to the assertion--due to the Tweedledee and Tweedledum two-party duopoly--that millions of Americans have nowhere to go.
Republicans and Democrats were identical partners--"Tweedledum and Tweedledee," he called them--"seizing control" of local schools, businesses, and courts to carry out the integrationist agenda.
Tweedledee to Alice--she's eaten far too much cake and grown to enormous heights
In fact, so at home that within 72 hours of landing in Viva Espana I was dressed up as Tweedledee, dancing and singing in a karaoke bar with the writer Derren Litten, crew and other actors, including John Challis (aka Boycie
The How I Met Your Mother actor and Burtka wore matching Tweedledum and Tweedledee costumes while son Gideon dressed as the White Rabbit, and daughter Harper as Alice.
Do they think we won't notice this Tweedledum and Tweedledee act of making two contradictory statements at once?
Mad Hatters Masked Ball HERBERT ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM, COVENTRY DRESS up as the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee or the Cheshire Cat for The Herbert's Alice in Wonderland-themed Mad Hatter's Masked Ball for grownups.
Join Alice, right, on a magical adventure as she tumbles into Wonderland, is guided by the White Rabbit and meets astonishing characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
Guided by the White Rabbit, Alice meets some astonishing characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, a studious caterpillar and those mischievous twins, Tweedledum and Tweedledee.