What does this idiom mean?
Where did it originate from?
In what circumstances could I use this phrase? (Because it is so cool.)
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Actually the phrase predates Through the Looking Glass by at least thirty five years.
This leads me to conclude that it was a catchphrase before Carroll used it, and perhaps before Haliburton used it.
It's not really an idiom, per se. It's a quote from Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
Coming from that book, it doesn't really have to make sense, or mean anything in a literal sense. It does seem to poke fun at the idea that anything can be twice as natural as life, which is the very definition of natural. All I can say is what the girl herself said: “Curiouser and curiouser! cried Alice.” Or perhaps you might do better to find the answer to the Mad Hatter's question, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" Readers pestered Carroll so much about the answer to that question (from Alice in Wonderland) that he responded in a later edition:
Long story short: Whatever 'large as life and twice as natural' may mean is open for debate. There is no unequivocal answer to your question.
I think it's an exaggeration. It means that something is really genuine, or natural.
It's as large as life, and twice as natural! I didn't read the passage but to my understanding, what ever "It" referred to, the "It"'s length or size is comparable to life which is here used to mean "existence". Life itself is natural, so, here we are so fare: It = life.......life is natural implies that: It = natural if we assume n x natural = natural It = 2,3,4...x natural Why twice? Because it sounds better.