Definition of Tweedledum and Tweedledee in English:

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Pronunciation /twiːd(ə)lˈdʌm//twiːd(ə)lˈdiː/


  • A pair of people or things that are virtually indistinguishable.

    ‘the umpires conferred, like Tweedledum and Tweedledee in their striped shirts’
    • ‘Comparisons with Tweedledum and Tweedledee do seem apt.’
    • ‘But can you distinguish between Tweedledum and Tweedledee?’
    • ‘That being said, I get a mite impatient with people who seem to think it a mark of political sophistication to say that our political system only gives us a choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.’
    • ‘Both parties are personality-oriented and, in terms of issues, they are only Tweedledum and Tweedledee.’
    • ‘At its height, the policy regulated competition so closely that the airlines appeared to be Tweedledum and Tweedledee.’
    • ‘He despised Freud and Jung, for example, referring to them as Tweedledum and Tweedledee.’
    • ‘Both of them have the same attitude when it comes to many aspects of the economy, which is why this House needs the Green Party here to present an alternative perspective to Tweedledum and Tweedledee.’
    • ‘It is quite ironic that National and Labour - Tweedledum and Tweedledee - are joining together and doing the same thing they did in the 1980s and 1990s.’
    • ‘I am confident that a large proportion of informal votes is from electors who refuse to choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and don't wish to pay a fine.’
    • ‘Sources close to Beazley say that few things make him angrier than the suggestion that the two parties offer voters a choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.’
    identical, similar, alike, the same, exactly the same, indistinguishable, uniform, twin, undifferentiated, homogeneous, of a piece, cut from the same cloth
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Originally names applied to the composers Bononcini (1670–1747) and Handel, in a 1725 satire by John Byrom (1692–1763); they were later used for two identical characters in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass.


Tweedledum and Tweedledee