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Mutt and Jeff

noun
1.
a very short and a very tall person who are paired as companions, teammates, or associates.
Origin
1915-1920
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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Word Origin and History for 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 reference to "a pair of stupid men, affable losers," or to one tall (Mutt) and one short (Jeff).

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Mutt and Jeff

noun phrase

A mismatched pair of people

[1917+; fr the names of two characters, one tall and the other short, in a popular cartoon series by H C Fisher, American cartoonist]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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