Mutt and Jeff

Mutt and Jeff

noun
a very short and a very tall person who are paired as companions, teammates, or associates.

Origin:
1915–20; after the characters in a cartoon strip of the same name created by U.S. cartoonist Harry C. “Bud” Fisher (1885–1954)

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Mutt and Jeff
comic strip characters Augustus Mutt and Jim Jeffries, in U.S. cartoonist Henry Conway ("Bud") Fisher's strip, which debuted in 1907. Used allusively from 1917 in ref. to "a pair of stupid men, affable losers," or to one tall (Mutt) and one short (Jeff).
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