|Tweedledum and Tweedledee (ˌtwiːdəlˈdʌm, ˌtwiːdəlˈdiː)|
|any two persons or things that differ only slightly from each other; two of a kind|
|[C19: from the proverbial names of |
Note: Figuratively, any two people or positions that have no real differences are said to be “like Tweedledum and Tweedledee.”
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.