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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.
Windows and the Macintosh are to me Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
As Michael Moore, filmmaker ("Roger and Me") and writer, said, "What we have now is the evil of two lessers, Tweedledum and Tweedledummer.
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.
Expertly played by Michael Blair, this toymaker grinch for little ones is an Ebenezer Scrooge dressed as a rotund Tweedledum.
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.
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.
3 Mad About Alice, Tanat Theatre, Llanrhaeadr village hall, tonight and tomorrow A spoilt young girl dreams she meets Lewis Carroll's characters - the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat, who all seem to be people she knows in real life.
And just like the compromise on the fiscal cliff has turned out to be the proverbial farce, one intended to give the American citizenry the perception of an existing advocacy from politicians representing the Tweedledum and Tweedledee parties, present and upcoming financial problems remained unaddressed.
Fleeing the public proposal to clear her head, Alice chases a White Rabbit down a hole, and reunites with old friends the Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Absolem the Caterpillar, The Dormouse and The Cheshire Cat, who she cannot remember from her earlier visit to Wonderland.
So Tweedledum gets packed off in disgrace, rejected by her nearest and dearest, while I must turn my attentions to Tweedledee over there," he says, pointing to Gail.
I believe both cities, industrial heartlands into which the stake of neo-liberal economics has been driven, need something different - not Tweedldee, Tweedledum, nor Tweedledumber.
Written by Jim Foggin, the new adaptation sticks closely to the book but has a few extra elements thrown in, including weird twins Tweedledum and Tweedledee, who have been drafted in from Through the Looking Glass.