Two Peas In a Pod

Meaning:

Two people who are very alike; being similar to another person, either in appearance or because both people like doing the same things.

Example: I met someone in my dancing class and now we’re friends. A few weeks later and we’re like two peas in a pod; we both enjoy dancing and bicycling around the city.

Note: This phrase is often used as a simile, as the word “like” often precedes it.

Synonyms / Related Phrases:
1. Birds of a feather flock together
2. One and the same
3. Like father, like son
4. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
Green Peas In a Pod

Origin Of “Two Peas In a Pod”

This phrase stems from the fact that two peas inside of a pod are very much alike in terms of how they look (you can see this depicted in the picture above). Indeed, if you pulled out a couple of peas and placed them side by side, they would be nearly indistinguishable from one another. Although their size may differ slightly; one may be a little bigger than the other, they’re both green, round, and small. Thus, a comparison is drawn—two people who share similarities are like two peas in a pod. 

This expression has been used for nearly 200 years now, though it is probably much older. The earliest I could find it in print is from the early 19th century, from a book by Catherine G. Ward called The Widow’s Choice, or, One, Two, Three, 1823:

“Nay, I have actually heard Miss Liddy say that the eyes of Lady Primose, which are of a charming bright black, you know, and the nose of Lady Primrose, which inclines rather to the aquiline, is as like yours, when you was a young man, as two peas in a pod.”

This phrase is also in various newspapers from around that time. For example, there’s a part in The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, April 1834, that reads:

“There never were two peas in a pod more alike than Signor Joachim Fernando Pereira, and my late servant, John Taylor the deserter.”


Example Sentence(s)

  1. My wife and I are two peas in a pod, we like gardening together and come Saturday, we’re going to be planting two trees in our backyard.
  2. You both often wear similar clothing to one another, you’re like two little peas in a pod.