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tweedledee and tweedledum

Any two people very similar in appearance, manner, or behavior, especially those who are or act particularly oafish or foolish. A reference to the names of two fictional twins in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. It's a wonder we have any nice things at all with tweedledee and tweedledum over there running around the house knocking into everything. Most of the world sees our two countries as tweedledee and tweedledum, but we generally hate being lumped in with our boorish neighbors to the south.

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.

tweedledum and tweedledee

Not much difference between these alternatives; same as six of one and half a dozen of the other. These actually were two names invented by John Byrom, who was satirizing two quarreling schools of musicians. Byrom (and others) claimed there was not much difference between Handel and Bononcini—one’s music went “tweedledum” and the other’s “tweedledee”—and wrote an amusing verse to this effect for the London Journal (June 1725). Lewis Carroll’s use of the names for two fat little men in his Through the Looking-Glass (1872) helped the term to survive.
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Trump's boys are going crackers for Christmas SEEMS the eggnog is already flowing freely for Donald Trump's eldest sons, Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee.
In Porthcawl on Christmas Day, there were more than 900 swimmers in fancy dress outfits ranging from crayons to pirates with plenty of Santas, elves and even Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee.
It has always been difficult for the US voter to make a decision between Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee, the usual candidates offered by the Republicans and Democrats.
"As more and more citizens were able and encouraged and helped to vote, what they found when they entered the polling booth was pretty much the same choice between tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee. For the revolution in who can vote was not followed by a revolution in who can be a candidate."
The existence of militants in the province is, whether Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee like it or not, a forgone conclusion as much of the populace has reason to know, a populace being forced towards 'signing up' for the financial gains so conveniently offered.
Although the two men were like tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee as they transformed Labour in the 1990s times moved on.
THE debate surrounding the future of Northumberland's local government smacks of tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee politics.
``I reckon we'll be like Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee on that catwalk, but it's in a great cause and I know we'll have great fun,'' says Elizabeth who together with her friend helps raise funds for Macmillan.
They are Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee and if it is not one of those it is somebody who works for them.
Ruby, sanctimonious teenager nag that she is, is more upset by the vodka than the guns - and, oddly, not bothered one bit that their home's been invaded by Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee.