compare apples and oranges IDIOM Meaning – a false analogy, contrasting two things which cannot be compared against each other

In Context – You cannot compare ballet to jazz dance, it’s like trying to compare apples to oranges.

Origin –  While the origin of this idiom is unclear, it can be found in different variations in many other languages.  The most common version is comparing apples to pears.  This version of the idiom is said in French, Danish, Dutch, German, Spanish, Swedish, Croatian, Czech, Romanian, Hungarian, Italian, Slovene, Bosnian, and Turkish.

Idioms with a synonymous (same) meaningChalk and cheese .  You cannot compare ballet to jazz dance, they’re  chalk and cheese.

Idioms with an antonymous (opposite) meaning – apples to apples, apples with apples, oranges to oranges, oranges with oranges.  You can’t compare identical twins, it’s like comparing apples to apples.

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