couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad
Meaning: two items of the same kind
by Mark Twain
In the United States, only Twain.
Lincoln displaced "Sam Slick," and opened the way to Artemus Ward and Mark Twain.
Sideways it glanced from the old man's grasp, and the black stone, striking on the altar's edge, split in twain.
He pounced across the sidewalk, and soon the twain were struggling in the snowdrift, pummeling one another with might and main.
The Caliph's eyes filled with tears and he condoled with her; but she ceased not to mourn for her father, till she followed him--Allah have mercy on the twain!
The late Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) advised a young man who desired to enter business to select the firm with which he wished to be associated, then ask that they give him work, without mentioning the subject of compensation.
They devoured many of their foes, and these also slew many of the ants; but help came to the emmets: now an ant would go up to an ape and smite him and cut him in twain, whilst ten apes could hardly master one ant and bear him away and tear him in sunder.
Then a second came forth and he slew him also, and a third and he tare him in twain, and a fourth and he did him to death; nor did they cease sallying out to him and he left not slaying them, till it was noon, by which time he had laid low two hundred braves.
Naked I came into the world of pleasure, And naked come I to this house of pain. Here at the gate I lay down my life's treasure, My pride, my garments and my name with men. The world and I henceforth shall be as twain, No sound of me shall pierce for good or ill These walls of grief.