chalk and cheese

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Said of things that are superficially alike but very different in substance.

Etymology:

  • 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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Submitted on July 10, 2018

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