Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Tweedledum and Tweedledee Twee"dle*dum` and Twee"dle*dee` Two things practically alike; -- a phrase coined by John Byrom (1692-1793) in his satire ``On the Feuds between Handel and Bononcini.'' [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • Tweedledum and Tweedledee — noun a pair of people or things that are virtually indistinguishable. Origin orig. names applied to the composers Bononcini and Handel, in a 1725 satire by John Byrom; later used for two identical characters in Lewis Carroll s Through the Looking …   English new terms dictionary

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