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Si′amese twins′(n.pl.)

  1. twins who are congenitally joined together.

Origin of Siamese twins:

1820–30; alluding to Chang and Eng (1811–74), twins born in Siam who were joined in this way

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  1. Siamese twins

    Siamese twins in the context of the English language refers to a pair or grouping of words that is used together as an idiomatic expression or collocation, usually conjoined by the words and or or. The order of elements cannot be reversed. The expressions hammer and sickle, short and sweet, and sink or swim are various examples of Siamese twins. Some English words are found more often in such phrases than on their own. In other cases Siamese twins are catchy due to alliteration, rhyming, or their ubiquity in society and culture. Word combinations like rock and roll, the birds and the bees, mix and match, and wear and tear have become so widely used that their meanings surpass the meaning of the constituent words and are thus inseparable and permanent parts of the English lexicon; the former two are idioms, whilst the latter two are collocations.

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