compare apples and/to/with oranges

idiom

: to compare things that are very different
To compare large trucks with compact cars is to compare apples with oranges.

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Recent Examples on the Web So don’t compare apples to oranges: A carmaker with a P/E of 15 may be overvalued, while 15 can be an attractive P/E for a software company. The Motley Fool, Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2023

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“Compare apples and/to/with oranges.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compare%20apples%20and%2Fto%2Fwith%20oranges. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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