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different as chalk and cheese

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

AdjectiveEdit

different as chalk and cheese (not comparable)

  1. (Britain, New Zealand, simile) Different, particularly superficially alike but very different in substance.

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