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Some cheeses look superficially like chalk.
 
The surface of chalk may look like cheese, but it is actually harder than most cheeses.

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Attested in variant form since 1393. The surface of some cheeses, particularly unaged ones, looks similar to chalk – white, crumbling – but in substance cheese is much softer than chalk.

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chalk and cheese (uncountable)

  1. (Britain, New Zealand, idiomatic) Said of things that are superficially alike but very different in substance.

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