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different as chalk and cheese


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Two things that are different, particularly two things that are superficially alike but very different in substance.


Attested in variant form 1393. The surface of some cheeses, particularly unaged ones, looks similar to chalk – white, crumbling – but in substance cheese is soft, while chalk is hard. (Wiktionary)


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