compare apples and oranges


1. a comparison of two things that can not be practically compared






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you can't compare apples and oranges

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The idiom 'comparing apples and oranges' means to compare two things that are so fundamentally different that a comparison cannot accurately be made. "Comparing the education of wealthy university students to people of the same age living in poverty is like comparing apples and oranges." This is a popular idiom in social and professional contexts.

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  1. Comparing nurses and engineers is like comparing apples and oranges.
  2. You can't compare football and tennis. It's like comparing apples and oranges, said the sports commentator.

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  1. I wouldn't consider that company competition, comparing our leading products is like comparing apples and oranges.
  2. I think we can implement both approaches rather than one or the other. Comparing them to each other is like comparing apples and oranges.

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