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Idioms

joined at the hip

joined at the hip

Meaning

  • two people who are inseparable
  • two people closely connected, or always together
  • two people who spend more time together than is usual

Example Sentences

  1. Chris and Jenny have been joined at the hip since they started dating each other a year ago. You would never see one without the other.
  2. Sally and I are very much in love, but we are not joined at the hip, you know. We very much have our own personal lives and space.
  3. Those two girls are more than just friends, they are like soul-sisters. They have been joined at the hip since the time they were in school.
  4. Those two seem to be joined at the hip. They are always together.
  5. Happy couples need not be the ones who are joined at the hip. In fact, couples who have a personal space tend to be happier in their relationships.

Origin
This expression originated in the USA during the 1960s and is derived from the condition of conjoined twins. Many assume that the term refers to Chang and Eng Bunker, who were an internationally celebrated pair of conjoined twins, and being from Siam (as Thailand was then called), were the source of the expression “Siamese twins”. However, this assumption is unlikely as they were joined at the sternum, not at the hips. This expression most likely makes a general reference to conjoined twins.

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