two

[ too ]
/ tu /

noun

a cardinal number, 1 plus 1.
a symbol for this number, as 2 or II.
a set of this many persons or things.
a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with two pips.

adjective

amounting to two in number.

Idioms

    in two, into two separate parts, as halves: A bolt of lightning split the tree in two.
    put two and two together, to draw a correct conclusion from the given circumstances; infer: It didn't require a great mind to put two and two together.

Origin of two

before 900; Middle English; Old English twā (feminine and neuter; cf. twain); cognate with German zwei; compare Latin duo, Greek dýo

Can be confused

to too two
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British Dictionary definitions for put two and two together

two

/ (tuː) /

noun

determiner

  1. amounting to twotwo nails
  2. (as pronoun)he bought two

Related forms

Related adjectives: binary, double, dualRelated prefixes: di-, bi-

Word Origin for two

Old English twā (feminine); related to Old High German zwā, Old Norse tvau, Latin, Greek duo
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Idioms and Phrases with put two and two together (1 of 2)

put two and two together


Draw the proper inference from existing evidence, as in Putting two and two together, it's not hard to guess who will be chosen for the lead role in the play. [Mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with put two and two together (2 of 2)

two


In addition to the idioms beginning with two

  • two bits
  • two can play at that game
  • two cents
  • two left feet, have
  • two of a kind
  • two shakes of a lamb's tail
  • two strikes against
  • two strings to one's bow
  • two ways about it
  • two wrongs do not make a right

also see:

  • fall between the crack (two stools)
  • for two cents
  • game that two can play
  • goody-two-shoes
  • in two shakes
  • it takes two
  • kill two birds with one stone
  • know all the answers (a thing or two)
  • lesser of two evils
  • like as two peas in a pod
  • no two ways about it
  • of two minds
  • put two and two together
  • that makes two of us
  • thing or two
  • wear two hats
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