Two tears in a bucket is an American English expression that means that the same amount of water can be put into two buckets, and yet the first bucket will overflow before the second.
The phrase is used to convey the idea that two things can be equal in some ways, but not in others. For example, it could be used to describe two people who have similar career achievements but who have different levels of wealth due to different circumstances.
The origin of the phrase is unknown, although it may have been inspired by a similar expression from Ancient Greece: “two eyes see more than one”.
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