What Does The Phrase, "Near As Peas" Mean? I'm Not Sure If "Peas" Is Spelled Right.


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Will Martin Profile
Will Martin answered
This would probably be a slightly different version of the old saying "as like as two peas in a pod," which is usually simply given as "They're as like as two peas."

It simply means that the two things or people you're comparing are exactly similar, either in appearance or in character. After all, you can't usually tell the difference between two peas! You might use the phrase to describe identical twins, or a parent and child who are very similar. "You can hardly tell them apart" is a similar phrase.

Like many sayings it has a rather old-fashioned feel; if you said "as ALIKE as two peas" it would sound more natural. But this is an older use of English. "Near as peas" also sounds old-fashioned.
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Graham Shaw
Graham Shaw commented
Thank you for the answer. My mother-in-law has often said, "I came near as peas to falling." She didn't know where that originated but had been using that expression for most of her 90 years. When I told her that it probably came from the expression, "Near as two peas in a pod," or "As close as two peas in a pod," she remember that she probably shortened it to, "near as peas." It now makes sense to her. When I told her that I found the answer on the Internet she was impressed.
Will Martin
Will Martin commented
That's great! It is a funny expression when you think about it.
Bonnie Be Profile
Bonnie Be answered
Have you ever heard the expression" two peas in a pod"? Well this is a follow up to it. In the pod peas grow close together. So near as peas means as close as peas in the pod.

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