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.
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.”
- 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.
- You both often wear similar clothing to one another, you’re like two little peas in a pod.