Last modified on 28 July 2014, at 10:35

different as chalk and cheese

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Some cheeses look superficially like chalk.
Chalk may have a similar surface, but unlike cheese is hard.

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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.

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different as chalk and cheese (not comparable)

  1. (UK, simile) Two things that are different, particularly two things that are superficially alike but very different in substance.

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