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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.
amounting to two in number.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for put two and two together
/ (tuː) /
the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one. It is a prime numberSee also number (def. 1)
a numeral, 2, II, (ii), etc, representing this number
music the numeral 2 used as the lower figure in a time signature, indicating that the beat is measured in minims
something representing, represented by, or consisting of two units, such as a playing card with two symbols on it
Also called: two o'clock two hours after noon or midnight
in two in or into two partsbreak the bread in two
put two and two together to make an inference from available evidence, esp an obvious inference
that makes two of us the same applies to me
- amounting to twotwo nails
- (as pronoun)he bought two
Related formsRelated 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)
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
- fall between the crack (two stools)
- for two cents
- game that two can play
- 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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