great minds think alike

great minds think alike
Used ironically. Both verb and noun have changed in the course of this proverb’s history, the earliest instance of the present form thus far discovered being quot. 1898. Jump used absolutely in the sense of ‘agree completely’ or ‘coincide’ is now archaic.

1618 D. BELCHIER Hans Beer-Pot D1 Though he made that verse, Those words were made before... Good wits doe iumpe.

1761 STERNE Tristram Shandy III. ix. Great wits jump: for the moment Dr. Slop cast his eyes upon his bag..the very same thought occurred.

1889 A. JAMES Journal 1 Dec. (1964) 61 As great minds jump this proves..that my Mind is Great!

1898 C. G. ROBERTSON Voces Academicae 24 Curious how great minds think alike. My pupil wrote me the same explanation about his non-appearance.

1922 Punch 27 Dec. 601 Lord Riddell considers that Mr. H. G. Wells is one of the world’s greatest minds. Great minds, as the saying is, think alike.

2002 Washington Times 28 May C9 (Bottomliners cartoon) ‘Great minds think alike—that’s why we’re never in agreement.’


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  • alike — a|like1 [əˈlaık] adj [not before noun] [: Old English; Origin: onlic, from on + lic body ] very similar ▪ My mother and I are alike in many ways. alike 2 alike2 adv 1.) in a similar way ▪ The twins were dressed alike. →great minds think alike …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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