Joined at the hip

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Joined at the hip

Post by Archived Topic » Sat Jun 26, 2004 10:20 am

A question has come up as to the origin of the phrase "Joined at the hip". I've always understood it to mean something like this: "they are so close that they might as well be Siamese twins". Some argue that this phrase has some sexual connotations, but I've never understood it to indicate that.

Anybody here have any idea where this phrase originated?
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Joined at the hip

Post by Archived Reply » Sat Jun 26, 2004 10:34 am

I’m surprised that I couldn’t find this expression in any phrase dictionary, because it is very commonly used. I’ll give you my interpretation, but I don’t think anything about the phrase is very controversial.

JOINED AT THE HIP: Meaning inseparable (very close) friends, derives from the idea of Siamese twins being permanently connected. The name Siamese twins comes from the brothers Chang and Eng (1811-74) who were conjoined twins – connected at the chest and not the hip – born in Siam (formerly Thailand).

Also see posting #2780 ‘how attached can you get to a hip?’
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