Definition of Siamese twins in English:

Siamese twins

plural noun

  • dated term for conjoined twins
    • ‘An internationally renowned surgeon who earlier this year refused to participate in an operation to sacrifice one Siamese twin to save the other last night said such surgery would be unlikely to succeed.’
    • ‘Ligatures are certain combinations of letters that are joined on the page like Siamese twins.’
    • ‘Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem are akin to Siamese twins that share vital and less vital organs.’
    • ‘A pair of Siamese twins from Nepal who were joined at the head survived a rare three-and-a-half day operation in Singapore to separate them, Singapore General Hospital said Tuesday.’
    • ‘Beneficiaries of Taiwan's new computerized lottery include two Siamese twins who made headlines in 1979 when they were successfully separated by a surgical operation.’
    • ‘The Maltese couple whose Siamese twins were separated in Manchester are expecting another child.’
    • ‘They aren't opponents, they are Siamese twins.’
    • ‘They're called Siamese twins after Chang and Eng Bunker.’
    • ‘Policy and its implementation are like Siamese twins - usually, like Siamese twins who have quarrelled; of all government policies, most fail in their implementation.’
    • ‘In English, and I suppose in other languages that have been influenced by English, conjoined twins is a more polite phrase than Siamese twins, which is what most people call them in private.’
    • ‘Even Siamese twins are commonly held to have distinct identities.’
    • ‘Merdias has said that there is one pair of Siamese twins born for every 200,000 live births.’
    • ‘The Siamese twins even became self-possessed men and ‘made it’ in America.’
    • ‘By the way, we have an exclusive coming later, don't turn out because there were two tortoises born attached like Siamese twins and they were separated by a doctor and we have an exclusive tonight.’
    • ‘It's connected, but it's definitely not Siamese twins.’
    • ‘The pair spent the last race as close as Siamese twins, with Wyatt just not quite able to find a way around the big Rover.’
    • ‘She always seems to attach to you as if you two were Siamese twins!’
    • ‘I felt tears cloud my eyes again; it was like someone took away a Siamese twin.’
    • ‘It's a novel set in New Cardiff, Vermont, about a couple who become so close they're almost Siamese twins, which echoes Webb's relationship with Fred, an aristocratic feminist who shaves her head.’
    • ‘Conjoined twins were once referred to as Siamese twins, after the nationality of Chang and Eng Bunker, who lived from 1811 to 1874.’
    • ‘That cold flaccid substratum is made up of sponge-like tissue: leaves or flowers like Siamese twins soldered together elbow to elbow.’
    • ‘Global capitalism and revolution are like oil and water, but in hip-hop they're akin to Siamese twins.’
    • ‘Two-headed snakes typically occur in the same way that Siamese twins do.’
    • ‘Gentlemen, I ask you: can Siamese twins survive unattached?’
    • ‘A rare and complicated operation in Singapore to separate a pair of Siamese twins from Nepal who are joined at the head continues to progress smoothly as it enters its fourth day.’
    • ‘‘Tug us any closer and we will officially be the world's first Siamese twins that were joined after birth,’ he said dryly.’
    • ‘If the Siamese twins were not separated, they were both expected to die in a matter of months.’
    • ‘A rumour in Keighley that Siamese twins had been born to a couple has been confirmed.’
    • ‘Sitting on nine lotus and nine leaves are seven Siamese twins in various positions, mimicking religious poses.’
    • ‘Studying them might provide some insight into the survival issues faced by Siamese twins.’
    • ‘It's like watching a freak show, a version of the circus displaying the Elephant man, the bearded lady, the Siamese twins joined at their skulls.’
    • ‘We were like Siamese twins until she moved to Vermont in fifth grade.’
    • ‘By the way, the doctor tells me the Siamese twins, who made all of this famous, I guess, had 20 kids between them, right?’
    • ‘Beverly becomes his own Siamese twin, separating from himself into a haze of drugs and bad behavior.’
    • ‘Fathered by an aristocratic closeted gay actor, raised in Hollywood on bright lights and birthday cake, Sylphid is her mother's self-hatred incarnate, her psychological Siamese twin.’
    • ‘There are other tales, too - of giants, lycanthropes, armed robberies that don't go as planned, secret missions, Siamese twins, and fishing expeditions.’
    • ‘After they did their act, the theaters had them come back on stage to dance with Daisy and Violet Hilton, who were Siamese twins.’
    • ‘A pair of Siamese twins joined at the spine both survived an operation to separate them in December last year.’
    • ‘Then we'll go to school on Monday stuck like Siamese twins and then everyone will know about us.’
    • ‘We walk off close together, so close we looked like Siamese twins and I looked back and the girls were looking at me with the ugliest face.’
    constant companion, inseparable companion, alter ego, second self, siamese twin
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Early 19th century: with reference to the Siamese men Chang and Eng (1811–74), who, despite being joined at the waist, led an active life.