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    two of a trade

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    It was about sunset of the fourth evening when the other literary person turned up… From the first moment it was a case of “two of a trade”. The moment their eyes met, ironical smiles began wandering about their mouths. (Goldsworthy’s “Caravan”)

    two of a trade = two rivals,

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: two of a trade

    I have never heard the expression but do not feel that the two people are necessarily 'rivals', although they may be. The only thing certain is that they both share a common interest or job or whatever. This could lead to rivalry but not necessarily.

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    Re: two of a trade

    Hi apbl,

    Thank you for your kindness.

    Here are a few words in conformation of my interpretation of the expression “two of a trade”:

    “Two of a trade” is the first part of the proverb “two of a trade never or seldom agrees”

    I don’t think we should get on together. We should be two of trade, so we should never agree.” (Kipling’s “The Light Their Failed”)

    V.

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    Re: two of a trade

    I had never heard that proverb so I have learnt something new today.
    Thank you.

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